Galeri Zilberman was founded in 2008. Its aim is twofold: to promote contemporary Turkish artists internationally and to introduce international artists to the local art scene. Galeri Zilberman stages 10-12 exhibitions a year in one gallery and one project space. The galleries occupy two separate floors of the Mısır Apartment, one of the most famous examples of art nouveau architecture in Istanbul, designed in 1910 by Ottoman Armenian architect Hovsep Aznavur.
Galeri Zilberman represents established artists from Turkey such as Ahmet Elhan and Azade Köker who both challenge the limits of their chosen medium, and Sükran Moral, a seminal figure in performance art in Turkey. The gallery also works with the new generation of artists from Turkey.
The gallery has a strong presence in international art fairs, forging close relationships with collectors, curators and cultural thinkers and creating opportunities for gallery artists. To this effect, Galeri Zilberman makes a point of working with independent curators for a number of exhibitions each season.
With the firm belief that a commercial gallery must also assume its social responsibility of education and audience development, Galeri Zilberman provides Zed Grant, an annual research award of 10,000 Euro, open to art practitioners from all over the world. The award is juried by a changing committee of art professionals that has no affiliation with the gallery.
The gallery also organizes artist talks, lecture performances, book presentations and round table discussions. Additionally, as the last exhibition of every season, Galeri Zilberman curates Young Fresh Different, a group show with a selection of works chosen by an independent jury from applications made to a nationwide open call.