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.