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CI Organized a Special Gathering at Sofie

Supported by its main sponsor Akbank in its 11th year, the region’s premier international art fair Contemporary Istanbul will take place between 3 - 6 November. The exclusive events which took place at one of the most prestigious new destinations of Nişantaşı, The Sofa Hotel's new fine-dining restaurant Sofie, was well attended by galleries, collectors, artists, and business world.

Organized to celebrate the start of the new art season, the events witnessed a captivating conversation on Turkey's art investments and the details of the fair's upcoming edition.


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CI in Preparation for Hosting the Art Audience in its 11th Edition

The 11th edition of Contemporary Istanbul (3 - 6 November 2016) brings together leading contemporary art galleries from Turkey and around the world, giving a regional and international focus to the dynamic contemporary art scene that has developed in Istanbul in recent decades. With a distinct character as a place to discover and rediscover significant artists, CI will spread over the 13,600 m2 spaces of Lütfi Kırdar ICEC Rumeli Hall and Istanbul Congress Center.

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The 11th edition of Contemporary Istanbul (3 - 6 November 2016) brings together leading contemporary art galleries from Turkey and around the world, giving a regional and international focus to the dynamic contemporary art scene that has developed in Istanbul in recent decades. With a distinct character as a place to discover and rediscover significant artists, CI will spread over the 13,600 m2 spaces of Lütfi Kırdar ICEC Rumeli Hall and Istanbul Congress Center. 

Presented for the first time at the fair is Collectors’ Stories,an exhibition of artworks personally selected by 60 collectors from their private collections. Also new this year is CI Design,which focuses on functional art and unique design pieces and is directed by Susan McMurrain. Returning to the fair are the sections: Solo Shows, curated by a single artist or artist group; and the fair’s programme of talks CI Dialogues. Dedicated to showcasing new media artworks, Plugin will gather galleries, architecture and design studios focusing on new media related initiatives.

CI in Conversation: How Authorities View Istanbul Art Scene

After being encouraged by our exhibitors and various actors in the art scene, Contemporary Istanbul, the region’s leading art fair’s 11th edition is planned to take place from 3 - 6 November 2016. Continuing on its past critical acclaim, the fair showcases art from the region alongside works from around the world, lending CI its distinct character as a place to discover and rediscover artists. read more +
After being encouraged by our exhibitors and various actors in the art scene, Contemporary Istanbul, the region’s leading art fair’s 11th edition is planned to take place from 3 - 6 November 2016. Continuing on its past critical acclaim, the fair showcases art from the region alongside works from around the world, lending CI its distinct character as a place to discover and rediscover artists.  

Particularly in light of recent circumstances facing Turkey, we wanted to have an external perspective on the art scene in Turkey and asked people with different roles in the art industry about their opinions of CI’s upcoming edition. 

In order to view the comments as part of CI in Conversation, please click here.

Coming Soon: Contemporary Istanbul 2016

It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome you to the 11th annual Contemporary Istanbul.

For the past 10 years, Contemporary Istanbul has provided a platform to showcase regional work alongside art from around the globe. Last year, the fair built on its years of success, bringing together 790 artists and 102 galleries, leading and emerging participants from 28 cities and across 24 countries. Now in its 11th year, Contemporary Istanbul is getting ready to feature a new season of exhibitions, programs and events to enjoy, including the curatorial exhibition Collectors’ Stories and the fair's new section CI Design.

For more information on the fair, including admission information and tickets, hours, directions, a directory of exhibitors and more, stay tuned to our website.
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Contemporary Istanbul, 11th edition, 3 - 6 November 2016

After being encouraged by its exhibitors, collectors and curators, Contemporary Istanbul, the region’s leading art fair’s 11th edition is still planned to take place from 3 - 6 November 2016 with a Preview Day on 2 November. Continuing on its past critical acclaim, the fair showcases art from the region alongside works from around the world, lending the fair its distinct character as a place to discover and rediscover artists. Particularly in light of recent circumstances facing Turkey, Contemporary Istanbul (CI) believes it is increasingly important to continue to reflect Istanbul’s place as a vibrant cultural centre in today’s world.
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After being encouraged by its exhibitors, collectors and curators,Contemporary Istanbul, the region’s leading art fair’s 11th edition is still planned to take place from 3 - 6 November 2016 with a Preview Day on 2 November.  Continuing on its past critical acclaim, the fair showcases art from the region alongside works from around the world, lending the fair its distinct character as a place to discover and rediscover artists. Particularly in light of recent circumstances facing Turkey, Contemporary Istanbul (CI) believes it is increasingly important to continue to reflect Istanbul’s place as a vibrant cultural centre in today’s world.  

Ali Güreli, CI’s Chairman comments: "CI is an Istanbul-based fair and we want to continue to provide a platform to showcase not only contemporary Turkish art but also art from the wider region in an international context. Historically, culture has lent Istanbul its unique edge and now more so than ever, we must not forget the role art plays as a force for dialogue, mutual understanding and reconciliation.People here are dedicated and passionate about supporting and collecting contemporary art; they understand its ability to reflect the society of our time. The scene here is full of energy, with over 40 commercial galleries as well as established private collections, an infrastructure of institutions and the Biennale. The best art markets are those where there is a strong regional context; we are fortunate that Istanbul is a very attractive regional hub.” 
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