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A High-Speed Tour: Contemporary Istanbul 2016

The 11th edition of Contemporary Istanbul ended on November 6th with great success. Continuing on its past critical acclaim, the fair showcased art from the region alongside works from around the world, lending the fair its distinct character as a place to discover and rediscover artists.

Presented for the first time at the fair was Collectors’ Stories, an exhibition of artworks
personally selected by 60 collectors from their private collections. Also new this year was CI
Design, which focused on functional art and unique design pieces and hosted exclusive works created by 32 designers through the directorship of Susan McMurrain. Dedicated to showcasing new media artworks, Plugin gathered also gathered 18 new media artists showcasing artworks at the intersection of science, technology, politics and art.

View the video above for a quick view of Contemporary Istanbul 2016.
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The 11th edition of Contemporary Istanbul ended on November 6th with great success. Continuing on its past critical acclaim, the fair showcased art from the region alongside works from around the world, lending the fair its distinct character as a place to discover and rediscover artists. 

Presented for the first time at the fair was Collectors’ Stories, an exhibition of artworks personally selected by 60 collectors from their private collections. Also new this year was CI Design, which focused on functional art and unique design pieces and hosted exclusive works created by 32 designers through the directorship of Susan McMurrain. Dedicated to showcasing new media artworks, Plugin gathered also gathered 18 new media artists showcasing artworks at the intersection of science, technology, politics and art.

View the video above for a quick view of Contemporary Istanbul 2016.

The 11th Edition of CI Concluded with More Than 90,000 Visitors

The 11th edition of Contemporary Istanbul (CI) ended on 6th November, having seen strong support from galleries and the public, strengthening the fair’s vision of solidarity at this time. Bringing together 70 galleries from 20 countries exhibiting over 1,500 artworks by 520 artists, the fair attracted a record number of 90,000 visitors with 62% of exhibited artworks sold.

CI Artistic Advisor Marc-Olivier Wahler states: "There is an identifiable, strong and positive movement over recent years in the Turkish art world that cannot be stopped, and CI has an integral role in this. Art provides a visual narrative and a lens through which our society can be understood through different perspectives. Especially in Turkey and the region, contemporary art 2 acts as a toolbox for mental hygiene and this makes the fair even more relevant on an international stage.”

New dates for 2017:
Preview Day: 12th September 2017
Exhibition dates: 13th – 17th September 2017
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The 11th edition of Contemporary Istanbul (CI) ended on 6th November, having seen strong support from galleries and the public, strengthening the fair’s vision of solidarity at this time. Bringing together 70 galleries from 20 countries exhibiting over 1,500 artworks by 520 artists, the fair attracted a record number of 90,000 visitors with 62% of exhibited artworks sold.  

CI Artistic Advisor Marc-Olivier Wahler states: "There is an identifiable, strong and positive movement over recent years in the Turkish art world that cannot be stopped, and CI has an integral role in this. Art provides a visual narrative and a lens through which our society can be understood through different perspectives. Especially in Turkey and the region, contemporary art 2 acts as a toolbox for mental hygiene and this makes the fair even more relevant on an international stage.” 

New dates for 2017: 
Preview Day: 12th September 2017 
Exhibition dates: 13th – 17th September 2017 

After a difficult year across the region, CI realises that to position Istanbul as an even stronger hub for culture, the fair has to work even more collaboratively alongside other arts organisations. As of 2017, the fair will take place in the second week of September during which Istanbul will host various significant art events.

Ali Güreli, CI’s Chairman, states: "We believe our individual efforts will be enhanced by working together and that mutual support during these challenging times is essential for culture to thrive. We hope our combined efforts will create an even stronger date in the art world calendar for Istanbul. Over the past 10 years we have established a market within a sector that has received international recognition. Istanbul has drawn attention as an important player in the art world through the organisation of major exhibitions - the most prominent being the Istanbul Biennial." (November 7, 2016)

Collectors' Stories Attracted Immensive Attention from the Public

Presented for the first time at the fair is Collectors’ Stories, an exhibition of artworks personally selected by 60 collectors from their private collections.

Collectors’ Stories provides insight into collecting in Turkey through exhibiting highlights from
private collections across the country. The exhibition aims to facilitate an understanding into
the dynamics of contemporary art tastes, the building of a collection and the trends, strategy and motivations behind art acquisition. It provides a unique perspective into the idiosyncratic stories behind collections and artworks, as told by collectors. Bringing together diverse attitudes, preferences and collections, the exhibition hopes to cultivate a shared curatorial spirit while drawing a roadmap for a new generation of collectors. The exhibition will be followed by a book published by CI Publications, and will be distributed internationally after
the fair. Gathering photographs and information about the collections and works, the
publication will be the first of its kind to document contemporary works in private collections
in Turkey.
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Presented for the first time at the fair is Collectors’ Stories, an exhibition of artworks personally selected by 60 collectors from their private collections. 

Collectors’ Stories provides insight into collecting in Turkey through exhibiting highlights from private collections across the country. The exhibition aims to facilitate an understanding into the dynamics of contemporary art tastes, the building of a collection and the trends, strategy and motivations behind art acquisition. It provides a unique perspective into the idiosyncratic stories behind collections and artworks, as told by collectors. Bringing together diverse attitudes, preferences and collections, the exhibition hopes to cultivate a shared curatorial spirit while drawing a roadmap for a new generation of collectors. The exhibition will be followed by a book published by CI Publications, and will be distributed internationally after the fair. Gathering photographs and information about the collections and works, the publication will be the first of its kind to document contemporary works in private collections in Turkey.

Contributing collectors and collections include:

Contributing collectors and collections include: Leyla Alaton, Ahmet Aral, Ali Raif Dinçkök, Mine & Cem Bahadır, Mehmet Ali Bakanay, Berrak & Nezih Barut, Rezzan Benardete, Hanzade & Osman Boyner, Dr. Şükrü Bozluolçay Collection, Büyük Efes Art Collection - Banu Vargı Tümay Collection, Büyükkuşoğlu Family Collection, Haro Cümbüşyan, Banu & Hakan Çarmıklı, Demet & Cengiz Çetindoğan, Suzan Sabancı Dinçer, Ayşe & Saruhan Doğan, Gülin & Emre Dökmeci, Elif Dürüst, Oya & Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu, Sevda & Can Elgiz, Nesrin Esirtgen, Özlem & Naim Gençoğlu, Zeynep & Fırat Gönenç, Emine & Selim Gülçelik, Asuman & Hüsnü Güreli, Cem Hakko, Can Has, Emin Hitay, Hüma Kabakçı, Ayşegül & Doğan Karadeniz, Hatice & Ferit Meriçten, Ari Meşulam, Naim Nihmet, Fazlı Özcan, Önder Öztarhan, Murat Özyeğin, Ayşegül & Ömer Özyürek, Leyla Pekin, Arzu & Ömer Sabancı, Sevil Sabancı, Vuslat Sabancı, Melis & Hakan Salargil, Ali Selçuk, Erol Tabanca, Türkan & Ziya Tacir, Lucette & Mustafa Taviloğlu, Agah Uğur, Ayşe Umur, Freda & İzak Uziyel, Murat Ülker, Şebnem & Mahmut Ünlü, Erdinç Varlıbaş, Ergin Varlıbaş, Selim Varol, Tony Ventura, Şirin & Neşet Yalçın, Arzuhan & Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ, Zafer Yıldırım and Cem Yılmaz. (November 4, 2016)

The Best Curated Booth Award Won by Istanbul-Based Emerging Gallery The Pill

For its 11th year, Contemporary Istanbul launched the Best Curated Booth Award which was won by Istanbul-based emerging gallery The Pill.

All participants of the fair are eligible for this award, which was launched to recognise exceptional curatorial and artistic concepts on galleries’ booths. The jury consisted of Marc-Olivier Wahler; CI’s Artistic Advisor, Marcus Graf; CI’s Program Director, Derya Yücel; Curator of the Australia China Art Foundation, Jeremy Gales; and Yashar Samimi Mofakham, Co-Founder and Curator of Bread & Salt Projects. (November 3, 2016)
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For its 11th year, Contemporary Istanbul launched the Best Curated Booth Award which was won by Istanbul-based emerging gallery The Pill.

All participants of the fair are eligible for this award, which was launched to recognise exceptional curatorial and artistic concepts on galleries’ booths. The jury consisted of Marc-Olivier Wahler; CI’s Artistic Advisor, Marcus Graf; CI’s Program Director, Derya Yücel; Curator of the Australia China Art Foundation, Jeremy Gales; and Yashar Samimi Mofakham, Co-Founder and Curator of Bread & Salt Projects. (November 3, 2016)

CI in Conversation: How Authorities View Contemporary Istanbul

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

In order to have an external perspective on the art scene in Turkey, we asked people with different roles in the art industry about their opinions of Contemporary Istanbul.

View the comments as part of CI in Conversation here.
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