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."