Exterior view of SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul. Photo: Cemal Emden
SALT explores critical and timely issues in visual and material culture, and cultivates innovative programs for research and experimental thinking. Assuming an open attitude and establishing itself as a site of learning and debate, SALT aims to challenge, excite, and provoke its visitors.
SALT Research sources diverse fields of knowledge and provides outlets for thought in the space between different disciplines. The institution’s research projects expand beyond linear chronologies, medium-based questions, and the traditional separation of fields of study. SALT assembles archives of recent art, architecture, design, urbanism, and social and economic histories to make them available for research and public use. These resources are being interpreted in the form of exhibitions and discussed in all other areas of programming.
SALT ’s activities are distributed between two landmark buildings and also shared via Saltonline. The first building, SALT Beyoglu, is on the pedestrian street Istiklal Caddesi, and its program and circulation interiors are mostly occupied by exhibition and event spaces. The second building, SALT Galata, is the former nineteenth-century Imperial Ottoman Bank headquarters. SALT Galata houses a specialized public library and archive, spaces dedicated to research, workshops, and an exhibition and conference hall, as well as the Ottoman Bank Museum.