7th edition. The fair features around 100 international and local galleries and 600 artists, and will host events, CI Dialogues Conference Series. It offers a comprehensive range of contemporary art and this year it is hosting a selection of Dutch galleries.
Contemporary Istanbul, the premium and largest art fair in Turkey, announces its 7th edition. Held at the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC) and the Istanbul Congress Center, the fair offers a comprehensive range of contemporary art including painting, sculpture, video works, installation and limited editions from local and foreign galleries.
Featuring over 100 galleries including important international galleries Marlborough Gallery, Haunch of Venison, Opera Gallery, Galerie Michael Schultz, MAM-Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art as well as local galleries; Dirimart, Rampa, Galeri Mana and approximately 600 artists, the 7th edition of Contemporary Istanbul will be the largest yet.
Mr Ali Güreli, Chairman of the fair says: ‘We are excited to present the most comprehensive edition of Contemporary Istanbul to date, whilst contributing to Istanbul’s cultural and gravitational pull, helping it to become a hub for the arts and support contemporary artists from Turkey’.
The CI Dialogues programme will run for the duration of the fair, discussing current topics and welcoming art professions from all over the world. The session “Institutions, Economy and Art” where Simon de Pury, Co-Founder of Philips de Pury and Pierre Levai, Founder of Marlborough Gallery will participate, will be broadcasted live on Bloomberg HT.
Art from the Netherlands
2012 marks a unique year for Contemporary Istanbul. In honour of 400 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and the Netherlands, Contemporary Istanbul is hosting a selection of Dutch galleries; including Grimm Gallery, Galerie AKINCI, Amstel Gallery, Expeditie Zsa-Zsa Eyck, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Ron Mandos and a number of Dutch artists, gallerists and collectors will participate in the fair’s panel discussion program, CI dialogues, which this year takes as its theme “Art as a collaborative space”. A selection of video works will be shown as well. ‘”Art from the Netherlands“ program is organised with the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, include a series of talks by prominent figures including Ann Deemester (Director, de Appel), Hedwig Fijen (Director, Manifesta), Sabrina Kamstra (Collection AMC, Chairperson, VBCN), Catharien Romijn (DSM collection) and Alexander Strengers (The Netherlands Bank Collection)
The New Horizons section explores contemporary artistic expression of the surrounding countries in the region. Having previously featured contemporary art from Syria, Iran and the Gulf countries, this 7th edition is focussed on Central and Eastern Europe, with Contemporary Istanbul playing host to galleries such as Galerie Vernon, Sarıev Contemporary and Molnár Ani Galéria amongst many others, along with artists, curators, publications, art critics and collectors from Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Hungary. The programme includes an exhibition of works belonging to the Hungarian collector Gabor Hunya.
Art Istanbul - a week-long celebration of contemporary culture
This year, coinciding with the fair is the launch of Art Istanbul, a city-wide, week-long initiative which will see participating institutions - including museums, foundations and galleries – present a programme of exhibition openings, artist talks and panel discussions. Together, the cross-over of the two events will make Istanbul the focus of a broad international art audience.
Contemporary Istanbul continues to publish its quarterly contemporary art and culture magazine ICE (Istanbul – Contemporary – Etc.). Issued in Turkish and English in order to carry out its mission to promote contemporary Turkish art, both within Turkey and internationally, ICE is available with its monthly application on iPad, iPhone and Android!
Contemporary Art Talks
Contemporary Art Talks have been created in order to raise awareness of contemporary art in Turkey. Supported by Akbank Private Banking since 2010, the seminars this year will take place in Antalya, Adana, Bursa, Ankara and a number of other cities in Turkey.
Encounters International Exhibitions
The ‘Encounters’ programme aims to promote Turkish contemporary art abroad through a series of exhibitions in cities around the world. Following the success of Encounters: Turkish contemporary art in Korea (6 – 26 September 2012), which showcased established and emerging artists from Turkey, Encounters will be travelling to London, Doha and Mumbai
Sponsors mission statement
Akbank Private Banking, Main Sponsor
Akbank is one of the most valuable, innovative and modern companies in Turkey. To this end, we have been undertaking and supporting diverse corporate social responsibility projects in arts and culture, education, entrepreneurship and the environment since the very beginning. We view art as a mystical element that transcends borders and unites people. It fosters creativity, thereby unleashing innovation and progress. Akbank’s support for the arts spans over 60 years.
Akbank Private Banking is also committed to engaging society with the inspiring developing world of contemporary art. It takes pride in organizing and supporting projects which link the finance sector with the world of culture and the arts, making art more accessible for everyone. Akbank Private Banking has thus proudly partnered Contemporary İstanbul, the premier art fair of the region, as its lead sponsor since 2007. Akbank Private Banking’s support of contemporary art and artists continues to grow.
Zorlu Center, Associate Sponsor
Zorlu Center, Turkey’s first multi-purpose, mixed used project, will be at the core of the arts in Istanbul with Performing Arts Centre, a main performance hall that can accommodate 2,300 spectators and a smaller hall featuring natural acoustics with a capacity for 770 spectators and 50,000 square meters of indoor space.
It has been designed as a multi-functional art center to host different types of cultural events, with a clear vision for supporting the arts even from the early construction stage. It is this vision that has led Zorlu Center to sponsor Turkey’s first and only contemporary art fair, “Contemporary Istanbul”, for the second time as an “Associate Sponsor”.
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Preview 21 Nov 2012, by invitation only
The Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC) - Rumeli Hall
İstanbul Lütfi Kırdar Uluslararası Kongre ve Sergi Sarayı Gümüş Cad.No:4 Harbiye 34367 Istanbul
Istanbul Congress Center, Exhibition Center
Visiting Hours 22 – 25 Nov: 11:00 – 20:00