Dirimart was founded in 2002 by Hazer Özil, in İstanbul. Before long, it became one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Turkey. Dirimart, mostly working with established and emerging artists from Turkey such as Ayşe Erkmen, Sarkis, İnci Eviner, Canan Tolon, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Seçkin Pirim, Güçlü Öztekin, Ebru Uygun, Nasan Tur, Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt, Fahrelnissa Zeid, and Âbidin Elderoğlu has also been a pioneer in the exhibition of internationally acclaimed foreign artists such as Anselm Reyle, Karin Kneffel, Bernard Frize, Jorinde Voigt, Vik Muniz, Hermann Nitsch, Shirin Neshat, Franz Ackermann, Summer Wheat, Sarah Morris, and Ghada Amer, among many others, in Turkey. The gallery regularly participates in domestic and international art fairs, and continues to contribute to the world of art publications through its brands, RES (est. 2007) and Dirimart.
Dirimart Dolapdere was inaugurated on May 26, 2016 as Dirimart’s second gallery space and asof January 2019 combined all its activities in this premise. Curated by Heinz Peter Schwerfel the opening group exhibition titled Surface and Beyond gathered works by many important artists such as Franz Ackermann, Haluk Akakçe, Ayşe Erkmen, Isaac Julien, Sarah Morris, Shirin Neshat, Tomás Saraceno, and Ebru Uygun. The gallery with its 1000 square meter space including an office area that houses a comprehensive art library and a sculpture garden, is located in the rapidly-emerging Dolapdere district within Beyoğlu, the cultural center of İstanbul. The gallery being designed by architect Markus Dochantschi stands out with its spacious space and flexible structure.