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June, 2017

Contemporary Istanbul Attended the Israel Museum’s 2017 International Council

Between June 3 – 7, CI attended the Israel Museum’s 2017 International Council. CI Founder and Chairman Ali Güreli, Vice Chairperson Rabia Güreli and Executive Committee Member Prof. Hasan Bülent Kahraman were the only art professionals invited from Turkey. This year’s Council, on the theme of Art and Artists in our Time, focused on contemporary creative culture in Israel and worldwide, exploring how artists and their artistic enterprise bring meaning to contemporary life. Central to the event, was the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Maybe, Maybe Not, which opened at the museum on June 3, inaugurated by the world renowned artist.

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June 2, 2017

Contemporary Istanbul and Aralık Association Laying the Foundations of a Primary School Project in Kilis

Contemporary Istanbul and Aralık Association collaborated in 2016 on a primary school project in Kilis designed to deminish the difficulties war and migration impose on children. The project contributes to regional efforts on education. An exhibition, held 12-13 May 2016 at the Sofa Hotel,generated funds for the project.

All the proceeds of sales of works at the exhibition went towards construction of the school building. The foundations of an 18-classroom primary school for Syrian and Kilis children, to be constructed with the assistance of the Ministry of Education on a 5,484 m2 area, have been laid with the goal of completing the building by the start the 2017-18 academic year.

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May 25, 2017

Dinner Reception Hosted by the Maleki Family in London to Celebrate Contemporary Istanbul’s 12th Anniversary

On May 25, 240 guests gathered at the home of Fatima and Eskandar Maleki in Mayfair to celebrate the 12th anniversary of Contemporary Istanbul.

Fatima and Eskander Maleki, well respected art collectors and art philanthropists, with their son Kamiar Maleki, who also shares their passion for art and has himself years of experience in the contemporary art world, celebrated the appointment of Kamiar Maleki as the new director of Contemporary Istanbul.

The evening welcomed an exclusive group of collectors, art professionals, artists and journalists. Contemporary Istanbul Founder and Chairman Ali Gureli; and Contemporary Istanbul Executive Committee Member Hasan Bülent Kahraman were all in attendance.

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May 2 , 2017

CI Hosted Reception in New York to Celebrate Fair’s 12th Anniversary

On May 2, Contemporary Istanbul and Leila Heller Gallery co-hosted the dinner reception in honor of the 12th edition of Contemporary Istanbul (CI) with kind support of H.E. Mr. Feridun Sinirlioğlu, Ambassador of Turkey to the United Nations and Herrick Feinstein. Participated by Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in New York, Mr. Ertan Yalçın, Contemporary Istanbul's Founder and Chairman Ali Güreli, CI Executive Committee Member Hasan Bülent Kahraman and CI Fair Director Kamiar Maleki, the event welcomed collectors, art professionals and journalists to celebrate the occasion of the 12th anniversary of Contemporary Istanbul.

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April 21, 2017

CI Hosted Reception in Delhi to Celebrate Fair’s 12th Anniversary

On April 21, Contemporary Istanbul hosted a cocktail reception at the residence of Ambassador of Turkey in Delhi, HE Şakir Torunlar with initiative of Abhishek Basu, CI Ambassador for Delhi and brought together several key figures from the international art scene. The event welcomed collectors, art professionals and press members to celebrate the occasion of the 12th edition of Contemporary Istanbul as part of the calendar of international gatherings for the fair throughout the year. Abhishek Basu Contemporary (A.B.C.) also exhibited the works of the Turkish artist Ardan Özmenoğlu, who was awarded with the artist residency program provided by Basu Art Foundation at the 11th edition of Contemporary Istanbul.  

The reception whose opening remarks were given by Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in India HE Şakir Torunlar with initiative of Abhishek Basu, CI Ambassador for Delhi was well attended by a number of notable guests, including Sumeet Nair,  Bobby Bedi, Maestro Satish Gupta and Amita Gupta, Dr. Alka Pande, Sir Dominic Asquith and  Louise Asquith, Subhag Singh,  Gundeep Singh Anand and Bandana Anand , Bhavna Kakar, Deven Coopoosamy, Amrita Verma, Madhurbein Singh Anand, Leyla Torunlar and Bhavna Kakar.

This year, Contemporary Istanbul will take place between 14-17 September (with the VIP Preview Day on September 13) and once again aims to bring together leading international galleries for art enthusiasts and to contribute to Istanbul’s status of art capital of the future.

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Dec 12, 2016

CI Taking Part in Miami Art Week with Istanbul Meets Miami

Having brought together 70 galleries from 20 countries and over 1,500 artworks by 520 artists in its 11th year, Contemporary Istanbul has started its preparations for its next edition with an exclusive event in Miami during Miami Art Week which showcased 24 art fairs and over 5000 galleries with an international contingent of modern, contemporary, and emerging artists. On November 30th, Herrick Feinstein and Contemporary Istanbul co-hosted the cocktail reception, "Istanbul Meets Miami", gathering a record of over 220 attendees from the Turkish and American art communities at The Setai Hotel.

During the event, Kamiar Maleki, the newly appointed director of CI, has also been introduced to the public for the first time. London based collector and curator with 15 years of experience in the contemporary art world Maleki has recently joined the team as the director to take part actively in the preparations for the fair’s 2017 edition. Fostering numerous young artists’ careers from an early stage, Maleki has established himself as a trusted expert in the field. He is a founding member of the ICA’s Young Patrons and is a Young Patron to Parasol Unit Foundation and Tate. His inaugural exhibition as a curator was the critically acclaimed group show, Hashtag Abstract (2015) followed by Primary Colours (2016), the first UK solo exhibition of works by Richard Höglund, both at Ronchini Gallery. His latest project was Desert Octave (2016), also a solo exhibition of Richard Höglund in Dubai at Custot Gallery Dubai.

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Dec 2, 2016

Kamiar Maleki appointed as the Fair Director for Contemporary Istanbul 2017

Contemporary Istanbul is pleased to announce that Kamiar Maleki has been appointed as the Fair Director starting work on the 12th edition of CI in 2017.

Kamiar Maleki (b.1978) is a London based collector and curator. With 15 years of experience in the contemporary art world in collecting and patronage, Maleki has developed a significant interest in emerging artists. Fostering numerous young artists’ careers from an early stage, he has established himself as a trusted expert in the field. Maleki was educated in Europe and USA. He is a founding member of the ICA’s Young Patrons and is a Young Patron to Parasol Unit Foundation and Tate. His inaugural exhibition as a curator was the critically acclaimed group show, Hashtag Abstract (2015) followed by Primary Colours (2016), the first UK solo exhibition of works by Richard Höglund, both at Ronchini Gallery. His latest project was Desert Octave (2016), also a solo exhibition of Richard Höglund in Dubai at Custot Gallery Dubai.

The 12th edition will host a preview day on the 12th September 2017 and will open to the public on 13th and run until 17th September.

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Nov 2, 2016

Contemporary Istanbul’s 11th edition opens this week, new dates announced for 12th edition in September 2017 to coincide with Istanbul Biennial

Contemporary Istanbul’s 11th edition opens this week (3 - 6 November 2016) bringing together leading contemporary art galleries from Turkey and around the world, giving a regional and international focus to the dynamic contemporary art scene that has developed in Istanbul in recent decades. With a distinct character as a place to discover and rediscover significant artists, Contemporary Istanbul (CI) spreads over the 14,000 m2 spaces of Lütfi Kırdar ICEC Rumeli Hall and Istanbul Congress Center.

Notable for its unique position both geographically and culturally, CI pays undivided attention to Turkish contemporary art and also prides itself on bringing together galleries, artists and collectors from the entire region including the Caucasus, the Black Sea, the former Russian Federation and the Middle East, as well as other countries from around the world.

This year, CI presents 1,500 artworks by 520 artists, exhibited by 70 leading and emerging galleries from over 24 cities across 20 countries.

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Nov 7, 2016

Contemporary Istanbul’s 11th edition a success as collectors show solidarity with the fair

The 11th edition of Contemporary Istanbul (CI) ended on 6th November, having seen strong support from philanthropists, collectors and the public, strengthening the fair’s vision of solidarity at this time. Bringing together 70 galleries from 20 countries exhibiting over 1,500 artworks by 520 artists, the fair attracted a record number of 90,000 visitors with 62% of exhibited artworks sold.

CI Artistic Advisor Marc-Olivier Wahler states:

"There is an identifiable, strong and positive movement over recent years in the Turkish art world that cannot be stopped, and CI has an integral role in this. Art provides a visual narrative and a lens through which our society can be understood through different perspectives. Especially in Turkey and the region, contemporary art acts as a toolbox for mental hygiene and this makes the fair even more relevant on an international stage.”

New dates for 2017:

Preview Day: 12th September 2017

Exhibition dates: 13th – 17th September 2017

After a difficult year across the region, CI realises that to position Istanbul as an even stronger hub for culture, the fair has to work even more collaboratively alongside other arts organisations. As of 2017, the fair will take place in the second week of September during which Istanbul will host various significant art events.

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Oct 10, 2016

Contemporary Istanbul Announces Participating Galleries

The 11th edition of Contemporary Istanbul (3 - 6 November 2016) brings together leading contemporary art galleries from Turkey and around the world, giving a regional and international focus to the dynamic contemporary art scene that has developed in Istanbul in recent decades. With a distinct character as a place to discover and rediscover significant artists, CI will spread over the 14,000 m2 spaces of Lütfi Kırdar ICEC Rumeli Hall and Istanbul Congress Center.

Notable for its unique position both geographically and culturally, CI pays undivided attention to Turkish contemporary art and also prides itself on bringing together galleries, artists and collectors from the entire region including the Caucasus, the Black Sea, the former Russian Federation and the Middle East, as well as other countries from around the world.

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Aug 10, 2016

Contemporary Istanbul, 11th edition, 3 - 6 November 2016

After being encouraged by its exhibitors, collectors and curators, Contemporary Istanbul, the region’s leading art fair’s 11th edition is still planned to take place from 3 - 6 November 2016 with a Preview Day on 2 November. Continuing on its past critical acclaim, the fair showcases art from the region alongside works from around the world, lending the fair its distinct character as a place to discover and rediscover artists. Particularly in light of recent circumstances facing Turkey, Contemporary Istanbul (CI) believes it is increasingly important to continue to reflect Istanbul’s place as a vibrant cultural centre in today’s world.

Ali Güreli, CI’s Chairman comments:

"CI is an Istanbul-based fair and we want to continue to provide a platform to showcase not only contemporary Turkish art but also art from the wider region in an international context. Historically, culture has lent Istanbul its unique edge and now more so than ever, we must not forget the role art plays as a force for dialogue, mutual understanding and reconciliation. People here are dedicated and passionate about supporting and collecting contemporary art; they understand its ability to reflect the society of our time. The scene here is full of energy, with over 40 commercial galleries as well as established private collections, an infrastructure of institutions and the Biennale. The best art markets are those where there is a strong regional context; we are fortunate that Istanbul is a very attractive regional hub.”

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