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CI as The Most Expanding Art Fair in MOMART's International Fair Report

Contemporary Istanbul is delighted to be featured in the annual The Art Newspaper International Fair Report 2016 supported by MOMART after being selected by the editorial team as one of the top 40 art fairs around the world. Contemporary Istanbul is cited as the top expanding fair with the greatest increase in exhibitor numbers from 2011 - 2015.
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Contemporary Istanbul is delighted to be featured in the annual The Art Newspaper International Fair Report 2016 supported by MOMART after being selected by the editorial team as one of the top 40 art fairs around the world. Contemporary Istanbul is cited as the top expanding fair with the greatest increase in exhibitor numbers from 2011 - 2015.  

According to the report, gallery participation at Contemporary Istanbul has quickly increased,"in line with the city’s rising popularity in the contemporary art world." It notes that Istanbul has recorded exciting levels of growth as an art city suggesting, "the fair has seen a surge in participation as Istanbul establishes itself as a vibrant cultural centre." It reports that Istanbul galleries "have the advantage they boast an increasingly popular fair – which inevitably boosts their gallery numbers” and  that Istanbul is one of the cities contributing the fastest growing number of galleries to other top fairs. The report also says the success of Contemporary Istanbul, whose visitor numbers have gone from 62,000 to 86,000, is "fuelled no doubt by the popularity of the city’s art scene, which includes the increasingly popular Istanbul Biennale." 

Collectors' Stories Features the Best of More Than 60 Collections in Turkey

Bringing together the best contemporary art works from Turkey and across the globe, Turkey’s premier international art fair Contemporary Istanbul, welcomes its 11th edition with an exciting project titled Collectors’ Stories. Collectors' Stories is an exceptional exhibition that will showcase 120 artworks personally selected by 60 collectors from their own private collections.
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Bringing together the best contemporary art works from Turkey and across the globe, Turkey’s premier international art fair Contemporary Istanbul, welcomes its 11th edition with an exciting project titled Collectors’ Stories. Collectors' Stories is an exceptional exhibition that will showcase 120 artworks personally selected by 60 collectors from their own private collections.

An innovative collaboration produced for the very first time in Turkey, the project will take place in a 1,500 m2 exhibition space at CI 2016. By providing an opportunity for collectors to present their individual aesthetic insights, the exhibition will also facilitate a conversation on the shifting dynamics of contemporary art tastes and how best to build an art collection, while the trends, motivations and strategies behind art purchases will be revealed. Bringing together different attitudes, preferences and collections, the project hopes to develop a shared curatorial spirit while drawing a roadmap for a new generation of art collectors. The project is significant, as the exhibited works are selected by the collectors themselves and those chosen are recently acquired pieces. 

Curated by Contemporary Istanbul Artistic Advisor Marc-Olivier Wahler and coordinated by Contemporary Istanbul Program Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marcus Graf, the planning and execution of the exhibition will be supported by academics and students from several universities. Rethinking the contemporary aspect of private collections and the works in question, the exhibition presents a unique opportunity for collectors, art enthusiasts, curators and art professionals. 

CI Continues Its Success with New Projects for Its 11th Edition

Turkey’s leading international art fair Contemporary Istanbul brings both local and international focus to the dynamic art scene in Turkey's vibrant metropolis every year. At the press conference, held on May 17 at The Sofa Hotel, CI confirmed its programming and the consolidative power of the 11th edition of the fair. CI Chairman & Founder Ali Güreli, CI Executive Committee Member Hasan Bülent Kahraman and CI Artistic Advisor Marc-Olivier Wahler also presented new additions to the fair.
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Turkey’s leading international art fair Contemporary Istanbul brings both local and international focus to the dynamic art scene in Turkey's vibrant metropolis every year. At the press conference, held on May 17 at The Sofa Hotel, CI confirmed its programming and the consolidative power of the 11th edition of the fair. CI Chairman & Founder Ali Güreli, CI Executive Committee Member Hasan Bülent Kahraman and CI Artistic Advisor Marc-Olivier Wahler also presented new additions to the fair. 

Contemporary Istanbul Chairman & Founder Ali Güreli commented on the new projects of the fair, stating: "We expect the number of visitors to exceed 100,000 this year. We are both pleased and feel the responsibility of this intensive attention of the audience. As a global brand, CI serves a significant function in the development of the public perspective on art and the enhancement of Turkish artists' and collectors' prestige. CI also has a positive impact on the current issues in the tourism industry by using art as a tool to bring people together. In this light, we work with 1,000 important figures from the contemporary art scene across 14 cities around the world. A creative hub of activity throughout history, Istanbul is incredibly unique and completely different to any other major world capital. CI is an Istanbul-based fair and we will continue to provide a platform to showcase local work alongside international art." 

You can watch the full press conference here.

The group exhibition organized by CI and Aralık Foundation to support Kilis' schoolchildren is now open

Organized by Contemporary Istanbul and Aralık Foundation, the group exhibition which hosts 62 contributing artists to support school project for Kilis' children opened on May 11 at The Sofa Hotel. All funds from sales of the exhibited works will go towards the financial support of the project.
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Organized by Contemporary Istanbul and Aralık Foundation, the group exhibition which hosts 62 contributing artists to support school project for Kilis' children opened on May 11 at The Sofa Hotel. All funds from sales of the exhibited works will go towards the financial support of the project. 

The contributing artists are as follows: Ahmet Doğu İpek, Ahmet Elhan, Ahmet Güneştekin, Alev Ermiş Mavitan, Ali Bilge Akkaya, Ali Elmacı, Ali Emir Tapan, Ali İbrahim Öcal, Ali Kotan, Ani Çelik Arevyan, Aras Seddigh, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Ayşe Gül Süter, Azade Köker, Bahadır Baruter, Bihrat Mavitan, Burcu Perçin, Burçak Bingöl, Burçin Başar, Buğra Erol, Candaş Şişman, Cenk Akaltun, Ebru Uygun, Ekrem Yalçındağ, Ela Cindoruk, Elvan Alpay, Emin Mete Erdoğan, Erkut Terliksiz, Erol Eskici, Guido Casaretto, Gül Kozacıoğlu, Gülay Semercioğlu, Günnur Özsoy, Hale Tenger, İrfan Önürmen, İsmail Acar, Joana Kohen, Kemal Seyhan, Leyla Gediz, Melek Mazıcı, Meltem Işık, Mike Berg, Mithat Şen, Murat Germen, Murat Morova, Murat Palta, Murathan Özbek, Mustafa Horasan, Nazan Pak, Nejat Satı, Nermin Er, Nihat Kemankaşlı, Seçkin Pirim, Serdar Arat, Serkan Adın, Seda Hepsev, Şükran Moral, Tan Mavitan, Yağız Özgen, Yılmaz Aysan, Yusuf Sevinçli and Zeynep Solakoğlu. 

CI hosts reception in Rome to celebrate fair’s 11th anniversary

On April 27, Contemporary Istanbul hosted a dinner reception at Palazza Gamberini that brought together several important figures from the international art scene. Participated by Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Italy, Aydın Adnan Sezgin, Contemporary Istanbul Chairman Ali Güreli and CI Executive Committee Member Hasan Bülent Kahraman, the event welcomed collectors, art professionals and journalists to celebrate the occasion of the 11th anniversary of Contemporary Istanbul, the leading international art fair from the region.
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