Collectors' Stories was an exceptional exhibition that showcased 120 artworks personally selected by 60 collectors from their own private collections. An innovative collaboration produced for the very first time in Turkey, the project took place in a 1,500 m2 exhibition space at CI 2016. Curated by Contemporary Istanbul Artistic Advisor Marc-Olivier Wahler and coordinated by Contemporary Istanbul Program Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marcus Graf, the exihibition aimed to reconsider the timeliness of collections and works in question while presenting a unique opportunity for collectors, art enthusiasts, curators and art professionals.
Providing an opportunity for collectors to present their individual aesthetic insights, the exhibition facilitated a conversation on the shifting dynamics of contemporary art tastes and the methods to build an art collection, as the trends, motivations and strategies behind art purchases were revealed. With an effort to combine different attitudes, preferences and collections, the project presented a common curatorial spirit and a roadmap for a new generation of art collectors. Collectors Stories was especially significant for the exhibited works were selected by the collectors themselves and those chosen were recently acquired pieces.
Contributing collectors and collections included: Leyla Alaton, Ahmet Aral, Ali Raif Dinçkök, Mine & Cem Bahadır, Mehmet Ali Bakanay, Berrak & Nezih Barut, Rezzan Benardete, Hanzade & Osman Boyner, Dr. Şükrü Bozluolçay Collection, Büyük Efes Art Collection - Banu Vargı Tümay Collection, Büyükkuşoğlu Family Collection, Haro Cümbüşyan, Banu & Hakan Çarmıklı, Demet & Cengiz Çetindoğan, Suzan Sabancı Dinçer, Ayşe & Saruhan Doğan, Gülin & Emre Dökmeci, Elif Dürüst, Oya & Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu, Sevda & Can Elgiz, Nesrin Esirtgen, Özlem & Naim Gençoğlu, Zeynep & Fırat Gönenç, Emine & Selim Gülçelik, Asuman & Hüsnü Güreli, Cem Hakko, Can Has, Emin Hitay, Hüma Kabakçı, Ayşegül & Doğan Karadeniz, Hatice & Ferit Meriçten, Ari Meşulam, Naim Nihmet, Fazlı Özcan, Önder Öztarhan, Murat Özyeğin, Ayşegül & Ömer Özyürek, Leyla Pekin, Arzu & Ömer Sabancı, Sevil Sabancı, Vuslat Sabancı, Melis & Hakan Salargil, Ali Selçuk, Erol Tabanca, Türkan & Ziya Tacir, Lucette & Mustafa Taviloğlu, Agah Uğur, Ayşe Umur, Freda & İzak Uziyel, Murat Ülker, Şebnem & Mahmut Ünlü, Erdinç Varlıbaş, Ergin Varlıbaş, Selim Varol, Tony Ventura, Şirin & Neşet Yalçın, Arzuhan & Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ, Zafer Yıldırım and Cem Yılmaz.