Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Opening 8th edition of Contemporary Istanbul

The 8th edition of Contemporary Istanbul, the leading international art fair in the unique metropolis coincides with the 13th Istanbul Biennial. The cross-over of Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul Biennial and Art Istanbul Art Week (4 - 10 November) will make Istanbul the focus of a broad international art audience. 

Held at Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC) and the Istanbul Congress Center, the 8th edition of the fair will run from 7 – 10 November 2013. The fair offers a comprehensive range of international and Turkish art including painting, sculpture, video works, installation and limited editions from local and international galleries from different and mutually enriching horizons. Featuring 110 galleries from 21 countries –2/3 of which come from 21 different countries– and approximately 650 artists Contemporary Istanbul will be the largest event to date. Marlborough Gallery, New York; Galerie Lelong, Paris; Andipa Gallery, London; Opera Gallery, Geneva; Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon; Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid; Senda, Spain; Michael Schultz, Germany; Klaus Steinmetz, Costa Rica; Dirimart, Galerist, Galeri Mana, Galeri Nev, Pi Artworks, Rampa, xist from Turkey are among the expected galleries of the 8th Edition 

Istanbul (photo: National Geographic)

Mr Ali Gureli, Chairman of fair says: ‘Since 2006 the aim of CI has been to raise awareness of both local and international artists in Turkey, while increasing interest amongst international audiences in Turkey’s vibrant contemporary artistic scene. Our vision is to be a fair embedded in the culture of Istanbul while being an artistic hub for galleries from across Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. We believe in the assets of the local culture should not to be effaced by the uniform, homogenous global culture. Aligning ourselves to the values in the last seven years, we gathered not only galleries from across the world but also hosted countries like Golf Countries, Eastern European Countries and this year Russia. Thus highlighting the unique glocal idiosyncrasy (the character) of Contemporary Istanbul as not only an art fair, but a cultural platform. Previous editions of the fair have been extremely successful with regards to sales and interest, with over 200 international press and the presence of many decisive and eager Turkish collectors. Several groups of international collectors made large acquisitions for their collections. In light of this success, we are happy to announce the launch of two new satellite fairs coinciding with Contemporary Istanbul in 2014, with a focus on photography, new media and emerging artists and galleries.” 

Preview on Nov 6th 

Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center 
Gümüş Cad.No:4 Harbiye 34367 Istanbul 

And 

Istanbul Congress Center 
Taşkışla Street Harbiye 34367 

Hours: 7- 10 Nov 11:00-20:00 
Admission: Regular 20 TL (approx.7€) Students 12 TL (approx. 4€)

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