This site archives the activities of the Ottoman Bank Archives and Research Centre (OBARC) between 1997 and 2010.

OBARC took a break from programming and formally ended its activities under this name at the end of 2010. Today, OBARC combines elements of its previous activities with two other cultural entities, Garanti Gallery and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, under the common name SALT. SALT conducts research, generates publications, and hosts exhibitions, lectures, conferences, workshops, interpretation programs, and film screenings in a diverse field of areas encompassing contemporary art, architecture and design, social and economic history, and urbanism.

The new institution’s activities are distributed between two landmark buildings located in walking distance to each other, and also shared via The first building, SALT Beyoglu, whose program and circulation interiors are dedicated to exhibition and event spaces, opened April 9, 2011 on pedestrian Istiklal Avenue. The second building, SALT Galata, is the former 19th century Imperial Ottoman Bank headquarters designed by Alexandre Vallaury. SALT Galata will open in September 2011, and will house a specialized, public library and archive; spaces dedicated to research; workshops; an exhibition and conference hall; as well as the Ottoman Bank Museum.


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Bankalar Caddesi 11
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SALT Research