Despite Government Crackdowns on Freedom of Expression in Turkey, Billions of Dollars Are Being Invested in New Museums

At the inauguration of the Contemporary Istanbul art fair this year, its chairman Ali Güreli expressed confidence that Turkey would soon become one of the top five major art hubs in the world, declaring, “We expect that the forthcoming years will be marked by the introduction of Istanbul into the first five arts and culture metropoles in the world.”


But it is difficult, even wandering the beautiful streets of Istanbul, to forget...