IN SEPTEMBER, ISTANBUL WILL BE THE CAPITAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART!
The 12th Istanbul Biennial, organized by İKSV with the sponsorship of Koç Holding, opens its doors to art lovers on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The 12th Istanbul Biennial, which will remain on view until November 13, 2011, will transform Istanbul into an art platform pursued attentively by the world’s art circles.
The 12th Istanbul Biennial, ranked among the most important European art events of this year along with the Venice Biennale, is realized under the curatorship of Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann. The title is Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011. It is composed of five group exhibitions and more than 50 solo presentations, with a total of more than 500 works. The venue is Antrepo 3 and 5.
The 12th Istanbul Biennial opened its doors to national and international press on Thursday, September 15, with an official opening ceremony and a press conference at Antrepo 3. Bülent Eczacıbaşı, chairman of the board of İKSV, gave the opening speech of the ceremony. He said: “The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts organized the first Istanbul Biennial in 1987. Since then, Istanbul and the biennial have grown, evolved, and gained prominence in concert with one another.
The biennial has contributed to the development of Istanbul as a capital of culture and the arts, and Istanbul has received the biennial with open arms, continually renewing the energy of this event with its rich history, contemporary dynamism, and potential.
The visual identity and the title of the 12th Istanbul Biennial—Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011—reference the work of the Cuban American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996), one of the most important artists of the contemporary era.
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