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CI Taking Part in Miami Art Week with "Istanbul Meets Miami"

Having brought together 70 galleries from 20 countries and over 1,500 artworks by 520 artists in its 11th year, Contemporary Istanbul has started its preparations for its next edition with an exclusive event in Miami during Miami Art Week which showcased 24 art fairs and over 5000 galleries with an international contingent of modern, contemporary, and emerging artists.

On November 30th, Herrick Feinstein and Contemporary Istanbul co-hosted the cocktail reception, "Istanbul Meets Miami", gathering a record of over 220 attendees from the Turkish and American art communities at The Setai Hotel.
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Having brought together 70 galleries from 20 countries and over 1,500 artworks by 520 artists in its 11th year, Contemporary Istanbul has started its preparations for its next edition with an exclusive event in Miami during Miami Art Week which showcased 24 art fairs and over 5000 galleries with an international contingent of modern, contemporary, and emerging artists.

On November 30th, Herrick Feinstein and Contemporary Istanbul co-hosted the cocktail reception, "Istanbul Meets Miami", gathering a record of over 220 attendees from the Turkish and American art communities at The Setai Hotel.

Organized as the first occasion of a series of exclusive events which will take place as part of the extensive program to communicate directly with the notable members of the international art scene preceding the 12th edition of the fair, the evening’s guests included notable Turkish and American art collectors and artists, business executives and international journalists. Among the guests were the Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in Miami Özgür Kıvanç Altan, Co-Chair of The Art Law Group at Herrick Feinstein Lawrence Kaye, Co-founder & Chairman of the SAHA Association for the Arts Füsun Eczacıbaşı & 38 prominent collectors who are members of the SAHA Association, Chairman of Ferko – CI Associate Sponsor – Ferit Meriçten, Hacı Sabancı, Sevil Sabancı, İnci Aksoy, Simon Lee Gallery Director & CI Selection Committee Member Nicholas Baker, Leila Heller Gallery Founder Leila Heller, Basu Foundation for the Arts Founder Abishek Basu, C24 Gallery Managing Partner Mel Doğan, President of Beta Real Estate Partners LLC Ferit Ferhangil, Founder of Emmanuel Fremin Gallery Emmanuel Fremin, Art Market Editor of The Art Newspaper Sarah Hanson, Artsy Director of Art Fair Partnerships Katie Higgins, Art & Auction Magazine Editor Carol Kino, Founder of Galeri Zilberman Moiz Zilberman, President of FARPLAS Automotive Systems Ahu Büyükkuşoğlu Serter, Director of The Art Department by Casa dell'Arte Gamze Büyükkuşoğlu, Galerist Director Melkan Gürsel and Taha Tatlıcı, Artist Ekrem Yalçındağ, Founding Partner of 55 Bellechasse Bertrand Scholler, and CI Ambassador Susan Van Hagen. 

Kamiar Maleki appointed as the Fair Director for CI 2017

Contemporary Istanbul is pleased to announce that Kamiar Maleki has been appointed as the Fair Director starting work on the 12th edition of CI in 2017. Kamiar Maleki is a London based collector and curator. With 15 years of experience in the contemporary art world in collecting and patronage, Maleki has developed a significant interest in emerging artists. Fostering numerous young artists’ careers from an early stage. He is a founding member of the ICA’s Young Patrons and is a Young Patron to Parasol Unit Foundation and Tate. His inaugural exhibition as a curator was the critically acclaimed group show, Hashtag Abstract (2015) followed by Primary Colours (2016), the first UK solo exhibition of works by Richard Höglund, both at Ronchini Gallery.
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Contemporary Istanbul is pleased to announce that Kamiar Maleki has been appointed as the Fair Director starting work on the 12th edition of CI in 2017. Kamiar Maleki  is a London based collector and curator. With 15 years of experience in the contemporary art world in collecting and patronage, Maleki has developed a significant interest in emerging artists. Fostering numerous young artists’ careers from an early stage. He is a founding member of the ICA’s Young Patrons and is a Young Patron to Parasol Unit Foundation and Tate. His inaugural exhibition as a curator was the critically acclaimed group show, Hashtag Abstract (2015) followed by Primary Colours (2016), the first UK solo exhibition of works by Richard Höglund, both at Ronchini Gallery. 

Kamiar Maleki comments:  "Being the gateway from Asia and Europe to the Middle East, the city and the country have a unique and strong collector base. Our aim is to continue to exhibit the best art of the region as well as internationally acclaimed and respected artists at CI. It is noteworthy that Istanbul has also seen a rapid opening of museums and galleries as well as a growing art fair calendar, partly due to the impact of CI. It is an important global arts hub that has championed both regional and international art. Our aim is for CI to further increase its recognition worldwide, building upon its trajectory and legacy.”

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)
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