Applications are now open for Contemporary Istanbul 2019

Applications are now open for Contemporary Istanbul 2019

Contemporary Istanbul is pleased to announce that applications for its 14th edition are now open and are available exclusively here. The fair will take place between 12 – 15 September with the VIP Preview on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC) and the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC).

Contemporary Istanbul is the leading annual art fair in Turkey, situated at the meeting point of Europe and Asia in one of the great cities of the world. Contemporary Istanbul takes place each September and offers a platform for the city’s thriving art scene, growing art market and collector base, as well as an access point to the best contemporary art from the wider region.

From 49 galleries and 37,000 visitors in 2006 to 83 galleries and 74,000 visitors in 2018, the art scene has grown exponentially over the past decade. Contemporary Istanbul presents the best opportunity to experience the art scene of the region, and the fair itself has grown to reflect the increasing interest of international galleries and collectors in the city and further afield.

CI also boasts a diverse and unparalleled VIP experience that takes advantage of all that Istanbul has to offer. The VIP Programme involves private collection tours of collectors’ homes, historic venues, and hidden spaces in the city. We are also pleased to announce that this year CI will host the Collectors’ Stories / Recent Acquisition exhibition which will be curated by Mr. Hasan Bülent Kahraman. The exhibition will include new works acquired by prominent Turkish collectors and will provide insight into the interests, dispositions, preference and pursuits.

Contemporary Istanbul coincides with countless events, openings and performances taking place across the city in September, providing VIP guests with an unforgettable art journey against the magical backdrop of the cultural capital of Turkey. Events include the 16th Istanbul Biennial, the opening of the Vehbi Koç Foundation’s contemporary art museum, ARTER, and exhibition openings at the leading cultural institutions, museums and galleries in Istanbul.

CI’s 14th edition will show new perspectives that best represent the sensibilities and ambitions of national and international, established and emerging galleries, collectors, museums, curators and art lovers.

More information will be released in the coming weeks.

Contemporary Istanbul application is available exclusively on

Application deadline is 31 May 2019.

For further information please contact Ms. Tugce Kaprol at [email protected]

Contemporary Istanbul 2019, Celebrating its 14th Edition
12 – 15 September 2019

11 September 2019 (by invitation only)

General Admission
12 – 15 September 2019

Contemporary Istanbul
Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre (ICEC) & Istanbul Congress Center (ICC)