SALT explores critical and timely issues in visual and material culture, andcultivates innovative programs for research and experimental thinking.Assuming an open attitude and establishing itself as a site of learning anddebate SALT aims to challenge, excite and provoke its visitors by encouragingthem to offer critique and response.
SALT Research sources diverse fields of knowledge and provides outlets forthought within the fissures and crossovers of different disciplines. Theinstitution's research projects expand beyond linear chronologies, mediumbasedquestions, and the traditional separation of fields of study. SALTassembles archives of recent art, architecture, design, urbanism, and socialand economic histories to make them available for research and public use.These resources will be interpreted in the form of exhibitions and discussed inall other areas of programming.
SALT's activities are distributed between two landmark buildings located nomore than a fifteen-minute walk apart, and also shared via saltonline.The firstbuilding, SALT Beyoğlu, is on the pedestrian street İstiklal Caddesi, and sharesits audience with a cluster of private cultural institutions, galleries andorganizations. SALT Beyoğlu's program and circulation interiors are mostlyoccupied by exhibition and event spaces. The second building, SALT Galata, isthe former 19th century Imperial Ottoman Bank headquarters designed byAlexandre Vallaury. SALT Galata houses a specialized, public library andarchive; spaces dedicated to research, workshops, an exhibition andconference hall; as well as the Ottoman Bank Museum.
The architectural renovation of both buildings was undertaken by MimarlarTasarım/Han Tümertekin, with specific interiors commissioned to six designand architecture offices from Turkey in an effort to underscore SALT's desireto advocate new experimental environments for living and working.