Visitor Information

The 5th Istanbul Design Biennial can be visited free of charge at all venues.

ARK Kültür, which hosts the Library of Land & Sea exhibition, is open every day except Monday between 10.00 and 18.00 until 15 November 2020. Advance reservations are necessary to visit ARK Kültür. Visit to get more information on times and to book a slot. The visit is limited to one hour for everyone.

Pera Museum is open from 11.00 to 18.00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and from 12.00 to 18.00 on Sunday. The Museum is closed on Monday. The Empathy Sessions and Critical Cooking Show screenings at Pera Museum, as well as the installations by Kyriaki Goni and The Rodina, which are a part of the New Civic Rituals programme, will also run until 15 November 2020. The films within Empathy Sessions are screened at 13:00 every Thursday and Sunday.

ARK Kültür and Pera Museum will be open on the Republic Day, 29 October, Sunday.

The rest of the New Civic Rituals are scattered around Istanbul and will feature activations on varying dates until May 2021.

The Critical Cooking Show will also be available for streaming on the YouTube page of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts. A new video will be uploaded each week until February 2021.

Within the framework of the measures taken against the coronavirus risk in the biennial venues:

==> For entrance to Ark Kültür, visitors' names must be registered to the guest list. Those with no prior registration will not be allowed inside.

==> At the entrance, body temperatures will be measured and those with a temperature of 37.5 Celsius degrees and above will not be allowed inside.

==> If you want to change your mask, you can request a replacement mask at the entrance. It will be mandatory to use masks throughout the venue.

==> It is mandatory to use gloves during your visit. Gloves will be distributed for you to use at the entrance.

==> The time allocated to you for the exhibition visit is one hour in the time slot you reserved. You must visit the exhibition during this time. If you come to visit late, your departure time will remain the same and the time you can spend at the exhibition will decrease.

==> It is mandatory to use the hand sanitiser in the security area before entry. Cologne will be served to all visitors at the Ark Kültür entrance.

==> Maximum one person will be accepted to the basement of Ark Kültür at the same time. This rule will not apply to those from the same family.

==> In order to be able to listen to the sounds of the video works in the exhibition, you need to bring your own headset and connect your cable to the device.

==> We kindly ask you to keep a distance of 1.5 meters between you and those around you during your visit.

==> Ark Kültür will be disinfected and ventilated after each visit interval.

==> All teams working in the venue will wear masks and shields. Gloves will be provided for certain tasks.

==> Our visitors are required to comply with the rules determined for the visit and the directions of the officials in the exhibition spaces.

==> Information about the measures and rules applied in the Pera Museum can be obtained from the museum's communication channels.

All precautions to keep safe from COVID-19 are determined under the consultancy of PLAZA OSGB.

İKSV Audio Guide app

The 'audio guide' application, developed by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial in 2018, is renewed to accompany you at the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial with an Arabic language option, with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Turkey. Narrations belong to Yunus Kaan Yalman in Turkish, Berivan Yurtsevener in English, and Selda Yıldırım in Arabic.

Get the free app from AppStore or Google Play.