SALT explores critical and timely issues in visual and material culture, and cultivates innovative programs for research and experimental thinking.
SALT is a cultural institution in public service producing research-based exhibitions, publications, web and digitization projects, as well as developing programs including screenings, conferences and workshops in Istanbul and Ankara. Aiming to offer an environment for debate and co-learning with its users and collaborators, SALT does not engage in formal arguments or favor one period, discipline or object-based practice over another.
SALT focuses on art, architecture and design, and social and economic histories. The research projects, visual presentations, international publications and local archival collections at SALT expand beyond linear chronologies, medium-based questions, and the traditional separation of fields of study.
SALT’s multi-layered programs are distributed at SALT Beyoğlu and SALT Galata in Istanbul, and through SALT Ankara by collaborating with numerous host institutions. Located on the pedestrian İstiklal Caddesi, SALT Beyoğlu comprises spaces for exhibitions, public programs, and research. SALT Galata resides in the former headquarters of the Imperial Ottoman Bank (1892-1999) on Bankalar Caddesi. Designed by Alexandre Vallauri, the building houses spaces dedicated to exhibitions, public programs, special events as well as SALT Research. A library, an archive, an online entity, and a range of research and support programs, SALT Research provides public access to the institution’s print and digital resources while contributing to the development of local and regional memory through its expanding collections. The digital presentations of the Ottoman Bank Museum, which is the first private bank museum in Turkey, are distributed across SALT Galata visualizing the bank’s 145-year history.
Founded in 2011, SALT is the only member of the European museums confederation L’Internationale from Turkey. Encouraging its users to participate, interact and critique, SALT offers its spaces, exhibitions, programs, web projects, print and digital collections for public use free of charge.