Contemporary Istanbul, the premium and largest art fair in Turkey, announces its 7th edition at the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC) and the Istanbul Congress Center. Running from 22 – 25 November, the fair will offer a comprehensive range of Turkish and international art including painting, sculpture, video works, installation and limited editions from local and international galleries.
Featuring around 100 galleries including GALERIST, Galeri MANA, Dirimart, Marlborough Gallery, Haunch of Venison, MaM-Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art and around 600 artists, the 7th edition of Contemporary Istanbul will be the largest event to date.
Mr Ali Gureli, Chairman of fair says: ‘We are excited to present the most comprehensive edition of Contemporary Istanbul to date while contributing to Istanbul’s cultural and gravitational pull, helping it to become a hub for arts and supporting contemporary artists from Turkey’.
2012 focus on the Netherlands
2012 marks a unique year for Contemporary Istanbul. In honour of 400 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and the Netherlands, Contemporary Istanbul is hosting a special selection of Dutch galleries; among which Grimm Gallery, Galerie Akinci, etc. and an important number of Dutch artists, gallerists and collectors will participate in the fair’s panel discussion program, CI dialogues, which this year takes as its theme “Art as a collective space”. In addition to this selection of videos from The Netherlands will be shown during the fair. All Dutch Days events will be realized with the kind support of Mondriaan Fund and Consulate General of The Kingdom of The Netherlands.
The New Horizons section explores contemporary artistic expression of surrounding countries of the region.
Having previously featured contemporary art from Syria, Iran and the Gulf countries, in this 7th edition the focus is on Central and Eastern Europe, with Contemporary Istanbul playing host to galleries such as Galerie Vernon, Molnar Ani Galeria and many more and artists, curators, publications, art critics and collectors from Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Hungary.
Art Istanbul- a week-long celebration of contemporary culture
This year, coinciding with the fair, is the launch of Art Istanbul, a city-wide week-long initiative which will see participating institutions – including museums, foundations and galleries – present a programme of exhibition openings, artist talks and panel discussions. Together, the cross-over of the two events will make Istanbul the focus of a broad international art audience.
Contemporary Istanbul: 7th edition
22-25th November 2012
23- 25 Nov:11:00-20:00
Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center & Istanbul Congress Center