Contemporary Istanbul (CI) Celebrates its 12th Annual Event With the Release of CI Publishing’s First Book, ‘Collectors’ Stories.’

Agah Uğur, Mustafa Taviloğlu, Leyla Alaton, İnci Aksoy, Banuand Hakan Çarmıklı,Eda and Sarp Evliyagil, Elif Dürüst, Ozan and Hale -Sani and Asuman Şener, Damla Şener Akkaynak, Onur Oben Akkaynak, Abdurrahim and Şükran Albayrak, Etel and Robert Baler were among those attending the evening.



CI’s Collectors’ Stories project gathered for the first time artworks selected by 60 of Turkey’s prominent private contemporary art collectors from their own collections. Comprised of 120 pieces exhibited in a 1,500 m2 space at CI 2016, Collectors’ Stories attracted great attention.


The Collectors’ Stories book, following on the Collectors’ Stories exhibition’s success, will be published in 2017 with the support of Barbaros Reserve-Bodrum Project, which hosted a book pre-launch at Friday evening 4th of August. The 12th annual Contemporary Istanbul event will host the book launch.


The Collectors’ Stories will be an invaluable guide for a new generation of art collectors and art-lovers. This opportunity for Turkey’s collectors to present their individual aesthetic insights illustrates the evolution of art collection up to the present. CI will distribute copies of the book to leading art institutions and organizations.


The pre-launch evening at Barbaros Reserve Residence’s garden included special interdisciplinary installations of sculptures by Osman Dinç, Aron Majoros, Günnur Özsoy, Tuğberk Selçuk, Ozan Türkkan as well as new media installations.


Performance artists Ayça Ceylan and Pınar Derin presented an interactive performance with modern dance choreography for the event. Sertap Erener also took the stage in the evening.


Collectors’ Stories encourages us to reflect on collections and the timeliness of artworks. As such, it will prove uniquely valuable for aspiring curators and art professionals. Among the collectors and collections included in the exhibition’s book are: Leyla Alaton, Ahmet Aral, Mine and Cem Bahadır, Mehmet Ali Bakanay, Berrak and Nezih Barut, Rezzan Benardete, Hanzade and Osman Boyner, Dr. Şükrü   Bozluolçay, Banu Vargı Tümay - Büyük Efes Art Collection, Büyükkuşoğlu Family Collection, Haro Cümbüşyan, Banu and Hakan Çarmıklı, Demet and Cengiz Çetindoğan, Suzan Sabancı Dinçer, Ayşe and Saruhan Doğan, Gülin and Emre Dökmeci, Elif Dürüst, Oya and Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu, Sevda and Can Elgiz, Nesrin Esirtgen, Özlem and Naim Gençoğlu, Zeynep and Fırat Gönenç, Emine and Selim Gülçelik, Asuman and Hüsnü Güreli, Cem Hakko, Can Has, Emin Hitay, Hüma Kabakç


Ayşegül and Doğan Karadeniz, Hatice and Ferit Meriçten, Ari Meşulam, Naim Nihmet, Fazlı Özcan, Önder Öztarhan, Murat Özyeğin, Ayşegül and Ömer Özyürek, Leyla Pekin, Arzu and Ömer Sabancı, Sevil Sabancı, Vuslat Sabancı, Melis and Hakan Salargil, Ali Selçuk, Erol Tabanca, Türkan and Ziya Tacir, Lucette and Mustafa Taviloğlu, Agah Uğur, Ayşe Umur, Freda and İzak Uziyel, Murat Ülker, Şebnem and Mahmut Ünlü, Erdinç Varlıbaş, Ergin Varlıbaş, Selim Varol, Tony Ventura, Şirin and Neşet Yalçın, Arzuhan and Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ, Zafer Yıldırım and Cem Yılmaz.



For the past 12 years, Contemporary Istanbul has gathered prominent galleries, artists, institutions, and organizations with the collectors and art enthusiasts in Turkey and across the globe in Istanbul. Taking contemporary art as its focal point and bringing together the Turkish contemporary art scene with the art of the world, this year’s CI will take place at Istanbul Congress Center and Istanbul Lütfü Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center, 14-17 September 2017, in tandem with the 15th Istanbul Biennial and the exhibitions of many art institutions and galleries. A notable actor for the growth of the contemporary art market in Turkey, CI is not just an international art platform but also an asset for Istanbul. Bringing together Istanbul and Turkish art with global market, CI hosts the region’s most prominent emerging and established galleries along with many new galleries and representative countries.



Barbaros Reserve-Bodrum Residences offers the opportunity to own one of 42 fully-equipped special suites on a 49-year time-share basis. Located at Yalıçiftlik, Bodrum, occupying a unique bay, ownership brings the privilege of access to Kempinski Barbaros Bay Hotel’s facilities. The Barbaros Reserve-Bodrum Residences project is the creation of a partnership of Peska Tourism and Sera Group through a $50m investment in its first phase comprising 42 suites, a signature project of architects Arif Suyabatmaz and Hakan Demirel. Phase one is slated for delivery in June 2018. Privileged access to Kempinski Barbaros Bay Hotel includes use of a 6,000 m2 spa, Kids’ Club, and six restaurants. Additional services include private boat, sea shuttle to Bodrum Marina, and pick-up service from the airport.


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