Art is existing in a continuous paradox. The economy around it wants it to function economically; that is, in optimally clearly formatted and manageable ways. Its original drive is opposite to that; art finds its source and vitality in complexity, intensity and high specificity. That is why I have high hopes for an initiative like the Multitude Art Prize, which wants to focus and create a setting in which art is presented on a trajectory that is essentially a quest for meaning."
Bart De Baere, Directeur, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA)

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SALT, Istanbul

SALT is an independent not-for-profit cultural institution. Founded by Garanti Bank in 2011, SALT is the largest cultural institution in public service sustained by the private sector in Turkey.

SALT explores critical and timely issues in visual and material culture and cultivates innovative programs for research and experimental thinking.

SALT conducts research, develops archives, generates publications and hosts exhibitions, lectures, conferences, workshops, educational programmes and video and film screenings in the fields of contemporary art, social and economic history, architecture, design and urbanism.

By approaching issues with an open perspective and establishing itself as a site of learning and debate, and aiming to excite and challenge its users by encouraging them to offer critique and response.

SALT's activities are distributed between two 19th century buildings in Beyoğlu and Galata. SALT Ulus will open in Ankara in late 2012.