Contemporary Istanbul is delighted to be featured in the annual The Art Newspaper International Fair Report 2016 supported by MOMART after being selected by the editorial team as one of the top 40 art fairs around the world. Contemporary Istanbul is cited as the top expanding fair with the greatest increase in exhibitor numbers from 2011 - 2015.
According to the report, gallery participation at Contemporary Istanbul has quickly increased,"in line with the city’s rising popularity in the contemporary art world." It notes that Istanbul has recorded exciting levels of growth as an art city suggesting, "the fair has seen a surge in participation as Istanbul establishes itself as a vibrant cultural centre." It reports that Istanbul galleries "have the advantage they boast an increasingly popular fair – which inevitably boosts their gallery numbers” and that Istanbul is one of the cities contributing the fastest growing number of galleries to other top fairs. The report also says the success of Contemporary Istanbul, whose visitor numbers have gone from 62,000 to 86,000, is "fuelled no doubt by the popularity of the city’s art scene, which includes the increasingly popular Istanbul Biennale."