The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, and the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art announced a new partnership that will further expand the international MoMA/MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) to Turkey. As the fourth part of this international network, YAP Istanbul will provide opportunities for emerging architects in Turkey to create temporary exterior installations to serve as biennial architectural landscapes for summer programming at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. YAP Istanbul joins three other annual programs at MoMA PS1 in New York, the MAXXI in Rome, and the cultural organization Constructo in Santiago, Chile.
YAP offers invited young designers and architects the opportunity to create designs that promote diverse uses such as rest, play, and relaxation. The temporary pavilions host a series of live events such as shows, music, dance, exhibitions, and performances. In addition architects are encouraged to address environmental and pragmatic issues, including shade, seating, and water. The inaugural YAP Istanbul installation will be chosen from five finalists by a team of representatives from both Museums as well as representatives from the other YAP International programs and will open in June 2013, coinciding with the openings of YAP at MoMA PS1 and YAP MAXXI. In addition to their respective winning designs, each YAP International location will feature an exhibition showcasing the proposed designs from all of the finalists within the YAP International program during the summer of 2013.
"The expansion of YAP to Rome, Santiago, and now Istanbul, gives international recognition to a pool of talented locally-based designers within these programs, fostering innovative ideas and helping launch careers," stated Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA."The vibrancy of the architecture and design worlds in Turkey demands attention both locally and internationally."
"Exhibiting innovative approaches in architecture and supporting creative architectural projects from Turkey have been among our primary goals for many years," said Oya Eczacibasi, Chair of the Board of Istanbul Modern, expressing her delight in signing the agreement with MoMA/MoMA PS1. "We believe that the YAP Istanbul is the right program to achieve these objectives. YAP Istanbul will include architectural installations designed for the museum's courtyard, an architectural exhibition showcasing the designs of international finalists, and a wide range of summer activities."