Located in Istanbul's historical district of Dolapdere, PILEVNELI opened its doors with Johan Creten's solo exhibition titled "Between Day and Dream" in 2017. The gallery, founded by Murat Pilevneli, conveys a fresh new spirit with an international perspective to the contemporary art scene of Istanbul and the region. Focused on contemporary art, PILEVNELI carries a body of local and international artists who are unique and consistent in their practice.
The gallery building, designed by the renowned architect Emre Arolat, has a 1,500 square meter exhibition space. The five-story gallery, as an instance of revitalization, is one of the first examples of cultural and art-oriented urban transformation in the Dolapdere region. In 2018, the building of PILEVNELI gained eligibility for the shortlist in the category of culture at the World Architecture Festival.
Established within PILEVNELI, PILEVNELI Project carries out its activities as an art and culture platform. PILEVNELI project also works with artists not represented by the gallery, with exhibitions organized under various titles, and forms new energy for the contemporary art world by collaborating with numerous contemporary art actors.