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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.” 

Contemporary Istanbul in Paris to Celebrate its 11th Edition

Following the selection committee meeting realized on June 16 in Basel to assess the participation of a wide-ranging list of galleries, Contemporary Istanbul has welcomed distinguished art world figures to a dinner reception in Paris to celebrate Contemporary Istanbul’s 11th anniversary.
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Following the selection committee meeting realized in Basel on June 16 to assess the participation of a wide-ranging list of galleries, Contemporary Istanbul has welcomed distinguished art world figures to a dinner reception in Paris to celebrate Contemporary Istanbul’s 11th anniversary. 

Taking place on June 23 with the participation of leading collectors and patrons, the reception was hosted at the private residence of Centre Pompidou Board of Directors and Musée d'Orsay Acquisiton Committee Member Louis Nègre who has also recently ensured the acquisition of İnci Eviner’s work "Harem” by Centre Pompidou in Paris. The event whose opening remarks were given by Contemporary Istanbul Chairman Ali Güreli was attended by a number of prominent guests. Ali Güreli’s speech to mark the special occasion addressed the 15 % expansion of the fair which will spread over 14,000 m2 in its 11th year through its new projects CI Design and Collectors’ Stories.

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." 
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