Founded in 1987 in Istanbul by Haldun Dostoğlu, Galeri Nev İstanbul is among the well-established art galleries, which played an important role in the development of contemporary art in Turkey for more than 35 years. The exhibitions were held mainly with 20th century modern Turkish artists in the beginning, which have been succeeded by a generation of artists who have had great influence on the development of contemporary art in Turkey. With the cooperation with rising, young artists in recent years, the gallery has promoted diversity in terms of both technique and content and also supported the national and international apparency of the represented artists from different generations.
Since its establishment, the gallery has held retrospectives, solo shows or group shows at various art venues of Istanbul in addition to the regular displays in its permanent place. The works of the artists are included in the collections of many institutions including Tate Modern, British Museum and the Center Pompidou. Galeri Nev İstanbul, which attaches great importance to publishing activities since its establishment in addition to the exhibitions it has held, continues to contribute to the art history and the archival awareness with more than a hundred publications including monographs, artist books and catalogues.