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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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