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Meşher, an arts and cultural institution of the Vehbi Koç Foundation (VKV). Opened in Istanbul on Istiklal Street in September 2019, Meşher is located in a historical building called the Meymenet Han, which hosted previously Arter from the year 2010 to 2019. It is an exhibition space characterized by a broad spectrum of disciplines. Bahattin Öztuncay is the director of the institution.

Meşher takes its name from the Ottoman Turkish word meaning the “exhibition space”. It aims to answer the needs of arts and culture by providing a dedicated infrastructure designed especially for its’ wide range of programming. It includes three floors with a 500 square meter exhibition space and 75 square meter activity area designed for events.

Meşher supports starting new dialogues across times and cultures through its exhibitions, and event series such as publications, workshops and conferences. The exhibitions are mainly conceptualized and produced in-house through a network of collaborations with national and international experts and institutions, thus providing a platform of dialogue in Turkey and abroad.

Beyond the Vessel: Myths, Legends, and Fables in Contemporary Ceramics around Europe (13 September – 22 December 2019)
Artists: Sam Bakewell, Bertozzi & Casoni, Vivian van Blerk, Christie Brown, Phoebe Cummings, Bouke de Vries, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Klara Kristalova, Elsa Sahal, Kim Simonsson, Carolein Smit, Jørgen Haugen Sørensen, Hugo Wilson
Curators: Catherine Milner and Károly Aliotti

Alexis Gritchenko – The Constantinople Years (7 February - ongoing)
Curators: Şeyda Çetin, Ebru Esra Satıcı
Abadan Unat, Nermin

Political scientist who received the Vehbi Koç Award for education in 2012.