Borusan Holding is the main importer of BMW automobiles to Turkey. I have neither the means nor the desire to buy a BMW but I am however interested in contemporary art. Thankfully, Borusan Holding also has an incredible collection of contemporary art that is now open to the general public for the first time.
The Borusan Art Collection is located in Perili Köşk, an exquisite early 1900s mansion between Rümeli Hisarı and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Köprüsü (the second bridge). The collection, which includes painting, photography, sculpture, and digital projection, can only be viewed on the weekend, mostly because the building serves as Borusan’s corporate headquarters the rest of the week.
I recently visited with my roommate Michael and we were both thoroughly impressed- by the collection and the incredible space. The sweeping Bosphorus views are nice too. It’s officially made my Istanbul top ten list!
View some of the works in the collection here.