Thursday, October 25, 2012

A precursor to Contemporary Istanbul 2012

Contemporary Istanbul, among the largest art fairs in Turkey, will host its 7th edition in November. The event will offer a comprehensive and vast range of both international and Turkish art including sculpture, video works, painting, installation works and limited editions presented by known galleries across the world.

Featuring many top exhibitors like GALERIST, Dirimart, Galeri MANA, Marlborough Gallery, MaM-Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art and Haunch of Venison among others, the fair will showcase works by around 600 artists. The 2012 edition of the fair is going to be one of the largest of its kind in the country event to date.

The Chairman of fair, Mr Ali Gureli, states, ‘We’re excited to host a very comprehensive Contemporary Istanbul that will contribute to Istanbul’s gravitational and cultural pull, helping it become a hub for arts and also supporting Turkey’s contemporary artists.”

This year is a special one for Contemporary Istanbul. In honor of 4 centuries of diplomatic relations between Netherlands and Turkey, it’s featuring a selection of top Dutch galleries such as Galerie Akinci and Grimm Gallery. Many renowned gallerists, collectors and artists will take part in different panel discussions and CI dialogues, which revolve around the theme of ‘Art as a collective space’ this year.  The New Horizons segment will explore new artistic expressions and idioms of the region.

Having featured contemporary works of art from the Gulf countries, Syria and Iran, the focus in this edition is specifically on Eastern and Central Europe, with galleries like Molnar Ani Galeria,  and Galerie Vernon showcasing the top artists from this part of the world. Curators, critics, collectors and publications from Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Latvia, Hungary and Estonia are going to be present at the event.

Art Istanbul, a diverse celebration of contemporary culture, will also be held simultaneously,  A contemporary art magazine , Istanbul – Contemporary – Etc.( ICE) is also available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices! Contemporary Istanbul will run from 22 – 25 November, 2012 at the Congress Center and Convention & Exhibition Center (ICEC) in Istanbul.

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