Yesim Turanli founded pi Artworks in 1998 in Ortakoy, Istanbul at a time when the Contemporary art market within the Turkish capital was in its nascent stages. Over the past 15 years the gallery has been committed to showcasing the best of Contemporary Turkish and international art.
After 10 years of operating in Ortakoy, Pi Artworks moved to Beyoglu, Tophane, not far from one of Turkeys most important public galleries, Istanbul Modern. This pioneering move into an otherwise underdeveloped area spurred other organizations into action, and within one year eight other galleries had relocated to the district, collaborating on projects such as the monthly Tophane Art Walk.
In October 2013, the gallery became the first Turkish commercial gallery to expand into London, when it opened a second venue on 55 Eastcastle Street, in the heart of the capital’s bustling Fitzrovia district. This ambitious venture is testament to Pi Artwork’s commitment to providing both access to Turkish and international artists to existing collectors in London, as well as introduce British audiences to the rich, original and dynamic art that is coming out of Turkey.