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CI Continues Its Success with New Projects for Its 11th Edition

Turkey’s leading international art fair Contemporary Istanbul brings both local and international focus to the dynamic art scene in Turkey's vibrant metropolis every year. At the press conference, held on May 17 at The Sofa Hotel, CI confirmed its programming and the consolidative power of the 11th edition of the fair. CI Chairman & Founder Ali Güreli, CI Executive Committee Member Hasan Bülent Kahraman and CI Artistic Advisor Marc-Olivier Wahler also presented new additions to the fair.
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Turkey’s leading international art fair Contemporary Istanbul brings both local and international focus to the dynamic art scene in Turkey's vibrant metropolis every year. At the press conference, held on May 17 at The Sofa Hotel, CI confirmed its programming and the consolidative power of the 11th edition of the fair. CI Chairman & Founder Ali Güreli, CI Executive Committee Member Hasan Bülent Kahraman and CI Artistic Advisor Marc-Olivier Wahler also presented new additions to the fair. 

Contemporary Istanbul Chairman & Founder Ali Güreli commented on the new projects of the fair, stating: "We expect the number of visitors to exceed 100,000 this year. We are both pleased and feel the responsibility of this intensive attention of the audience. As a global brand, CI serves a significant function in the development of the public perspective on art and the enhancement of Turkish artists' and collectors' prestige. CI also has a positive impact on the current issues in the tourism industry by using art as a tool to bring people together. In this light, we work with 1,000 important figures from the contemporary art scene across 14 cities around the world. A creative hub of activity throughout history, Istanbul is incredibly unique and completely different to any other major world capital. CI is an Istanbul-based fair and we will continue to provide a platform to showcase local work alongside international art." 

You can watch the full press conference here.

The group exhibition organized by CI and Aralık Foundation to support Kilis' schoolchildren is now open

Organized by Contemporary Istanbul and Aralık Foundation, the group exhibition which hosts 62 contributing artists to support school project for Kilis' children opened on May 11 at The Sofa Hotel. All funds from sales of the exhibited works will go towards the financial support of the project.
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Organized by Contemporary Istanbul and Aralık Foundation, the group exhibition which hosts 62 contributing artists to support school project for Kilis' children opened on May 11 at The Sofa Hotel. All funds from sales of the exhibited works will go towards the financial support of the project. 

The contributing artists are as follows: Ahmet Doğu İpek, Ahmet Elhan, Ahmet Güneştekin, Alev Ermiş Mavitan, Ali Bilge Akkaya, Ali Elmacı, Ali Emir Tapan, Ali İbrahim Öcal, Ali Kotan, Ani Çelik Arevyan, Aras Seddigh, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Ayşe Gül Süter, Azade Köker, Bahadır Baruter, Bihrat Mavitan, Burcu Perçin, Burçak Bingöl, Burçin Başar, Buğra Erol, Candaş Şişman, Cenk Akaltun, Ebru Uygun, Ekrem Yalçındağ, Ela Cindoruk, Elvan Alpay, Emin Mete Erdoğan, Erkut Terliksiz, Erol Eskici, Guido Casaretto, Gül Kozacıoğlu, Gülay Semercioğlu, Günnur Özsoy, Hale Tenger, İrfan Önürmen, İsmail Acar, Joana Kohen, Kemal Seyhan, Leyla Gediz, Melek Mazıcı, Meltem Işık, Mike Berg, Mithat Şen, Murat Germen, Murat Morova, Murat Palta, Murathan Özbek, Mustafa Horasan, Nazan Pak, Nejat Satı, Nermin Er, Nihat Kemankaşlı, Seçkin Pirim, Serdar Arat, Serkan Adın, Seda Hepsev, Şükran Moral, Tan Mavitan, Yağız Özgen, Yılmaz Aysan, Yusuf Sevinçli and Zeynep Solakoğlu. 

CI hosts reception in Rome to celebrate fair’s 11th anniversary

On April 27, Contemporary Istanbul hosted a dinner reception at Palazza Gamberini that brought together several important figures from the international art scene. Participated by Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Italy, Aydın Adnan Sezgin, Contemporary Istanbul Chairman Ali Güreli and CI Executive Committee Member Hasan Bülent Kahraman, the event welcomed collectors, art professionals and journalists to celebrate the occasion of the 11th anniversary of Contemporary Istanbul, the leading international art fair from the region.
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Artists Gathered for Kilis School Project Support Exhibition

Organized by Contemporary Istanbul and Aralık Derneği, the group exhibition which hosts contributing artists to support school project for Kilis' children can be visited from 12-13 May at the Sofa Hotel.

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Organized by Contemporary Istanbul and Aralık Derneği, the group exhibition which hosts contributing artists to support school project for Kilis' children can be visited from 12-13 May at the Sofa Hotel.

The primary school which will be built in Kilis aims to serve the children of the region in the 2016-2017 education semester. The project which intends to inspire a socially responsible transformation process under the guidance of contemporary art has the purpose of emphasizing the unifying role of art. 

Please visit here for further information about the show.

CI Selection Committee in Brussels to Review Galleries for the 11th Edition of Fair

Bringing together reputable professionals and opinion leaders of the art world, Contemporary Istanbul Selection Committee gathered on April 21 in Brussels to review an extensive list of galleries from a wide geographical spectrum for the 11th edition of the art fair. Nicholas Baker (Programme Director, Simon Lee Gallery); Andrea Bellini (Director, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève); Haldun Dostoğlu (Founder and director, Galeri Nev); Gregor Hose (Director, KÖNIG Galerie) and Marc Olivier Wahler (Curator and critic) met to discuss the participation of the galleries that have applied to take part in the upcoming edition of Contemporary Istanbul, which takes place from November 3-6, 2016.    
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Bringing together reputable professionals and opinion leaders of the art world, Contemporary Istanbul Selection Committee gathered on April 21 in Brussels to review an extensive list of galleries from a wide geographical spectrum for the 11th edition of the art fair. Nicholas Baker (Programme Director, Simon Lee Gallery); Andrea Bellini (Director, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève); Haldun Dostoğlu (Founder and director, Galeri Nev); Gregor Hose (Director, KÖNIG Galerie) and Marc Olivier Wahler (Curator and critic) met to discuss the participation of the galleries that have applied to take part in the upcoming edition of Contemporary Istanbul, which takes place from November 3-6, 2016.  

At the top of the meeting's agenda were the new additions to the fair which have already garnered considerable interest: CI Design which will be part of a synergy around design taking place in Istanbul when the city hosts the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (22 October - 4 December, 2016) and Collectors’ Choice which will be co-curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler and Hasan Bülent Kahraman. Collectors’ Choice, which hosts around 50 prominent Turkish collectors and their collections at the fairground, was described as one of the most innovative aspects of this year’s fair. Another new initiative of Contemporary Istanbul, and an extension of Collectors’ Choice, CI Publications was also brought up by committee members as an effective means to offer both local and international readers a unique insight into the fascinating stories behind the collectors’ collections and selected artworks. 
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