I include the Pera Museum in my guide on the Istanbul creative industry because it is one of the most innovative cultural organizations in the city. The modern cinema downstairs runs excellent film festivals and lectures focusing on contemporary themes, and the temporary exhibitions are great examples of modern curatorial work. The collection mostly focuses on 19th century art from the viewpoint of Western diplomats, and showcases the artistic school of orientalism. There is also a great café and bookstore on the ground floor.
by walking 5 min.
Pera is such a classic old neighborhood of Istanbul. I went to this museum near the Italian Consulate about three years ago when there was an exhibition on Orientalist Art. Having read Said's famous book, I was curious to see all of the European paintings of camels, pyramids and women in veils that represented the western caricature of the "Orient."
went there to see a Freida exhibit was lovely