Recent Acquisitions Press Release

Recent Acquisitions Press Release

The gathering of contemporary art collectors at Contemporary Istanbul…

 

The countdown for the 14th edition of Contemporary Istanbul has begun. The fair, which will take place between September 12-15 at Istanbul Congress Center and Istanbul Lütfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Center, will be sponsored by Akbank and will also host the Recent Acquisitions of 43 contemporary art collectors

 

Curated by Hasan Bülent Kahraman, Recent Acquisitions is a selection of contemporary works of art acquired by contemporary art collectors in the last two years.

Functioning as a continuination of one of the most important projects of 2016, “Collectors’ Stories”, this exhibition shines a light on contemporary art trends as well as on recent times. The selection will allow audiences to view artworks from 42 Turkish and one foreign guest collector’s personal collections while also offering a kind of roadmap, and guidance, to younger collectors and art enthusiasts.

The exhibition curator Hasan Bülent Kahraman discusses Recent Acquisitions:

“The history of Turkey’s recent period of art collecting is also the cultural history of that period. In the last 20 years, the accumulation of visual art collections in Turkey is incomparable to any past period in history in terms of depth and magnitude. The abundance of collectorship primarily stems from the magnitude of the artistic field they have gravitated towards. Just as there are works of art produced in Turkey, these collections also contain works from all across the globe; modern works of art as well as contemporary works. Additionally, nearly all forms of art-making are represented in these collections. In the Recent Acquisitions exhibition, we are displaying the last two pieces to be included in these collections. This way, we offer a clue into the leanings, tendencies, curiosities and preferences of collectors in Turkey. We care a great deal about this aspect, as it signifies the direction of of our cultural preferences. On the other hand, this is a kind of inventory of these searches, these tendencies. Still, as we created this exhibition comprised of works entirely independent from one another, we took care to establish a continuity across the show. Therefore we determined that the inner logic of the exhibition should be things, words, categories; it and the other. We have a striking, impressive exhibition in our hands. The credit goes to the works and those who collected them. Displaying these works publicly is the fulfillment of a significant responsibility. We are of the conviction that every collection, ultimately, is public. We wholeheartedly believe that this exhibition will pave the way for new horizons.”

 

Collectors whose works of contemporary art will be on display at Recent Acquisitions:

Leyla Alaton
Aylin – Tamer Alkan
Mirba – Ata Volkan Alp
Arkas Koleksiyonu
ARTFACTORY
Mehmet Ali Bakanay
Rezzan Benardete
Geri Benardete
Selman Bilal
Bilge Collection
Bora Collection
Şükrü Bozluolçay
Büyükkuşoğlu Koleksiyonu
Meltem Demirören – Kıvanç Oktay
Suzan Sabancı Dinçer
Ayşe – Saruhan Doğan
Oya-Bülent Eczacıbaşı
Elgiz Koleksiyonu
Sarp Evliyagil
Asuman – Hüsnü Güreli
Ahu – Can Has
Emin Hitay
Ayşegül – Doğan Karadeniz
Sima Lodrik
Ari Meşulam
Louis Negre
Ayşegül – Ömer Özyürek
Murat Özyeğin
Leyla Pekin
Yusuf Romano
Rana – Erol Tabanca
Türkan Özilhan – Ziya Tacir
Lucette – Mustafa Taviloğlu
Baha Toygar
Örge – Şahin Tulga
Agah Uğur
Ayşe Umur
Şebnem – Mahmut Ünlü
Tony Ventura
Vildan – Haluk Yücelsin
Yıldız Holding

Artists whose works will be on display at Recent Acquisitions:

Heinz  Ackerman
Murat Akagündüz
Furkhan Akhan
Heba Amin
Yüksel Arslan
Mahmut Aydın
Nazar Bilyk
Jozef Borsos
Hera Büyüktaşçıyan
Yoan Capote
Stephen Chambers
Metin Çelik
Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu
İnan Demirtaş
Sinan Demirtaş
Burhan Doğançay
Ali Elmacı
Gökçe Erhan
Didem Erk
İnci Eviner
Jan Fabre
Leyla Gediz
Murat Germen
Massimo Giannoni
Alev Gözonar
Selma Gürbüz
Ha:ar
Peter Halley
Noritoshi Hirakawa
Mustafa Horasan
Shirazeh Houshiary
Mehwish Iqbal
Ergin İnan
Ahmet Doğu İpek
Majida Khattari
Şahin Kaygun
Azade Köker
Nuri Kuzucan
Leonid Lamm
Sinan  Logie
Markus Lüperz
Basim Magdy
Georges Mathieu
Sefer Memişoğlu
Sarah Morris
İvan Navarro
Mübin Orhon
Pınar Öğrenci
İrfan Önürmen
Fahrettin Örenli
Can Özal
Güçlü Öztekin
Marc Quinn
Gerard Richter
Sarkis
Aras Seddigh
Gülay Semercioğlu
Alisa Sibirskaya
Aliye Simavi
Ali Şentürk
Güneş Terkol
Canan Tolon
TUNCA
Mehmet Ali Uysal
Özcan Uzkur
Erwin Wurm
Ekrem Yalçındağ
Begüm Yamanlar
Zhuang Hong Yi
Mustafa Yüce
Fausto Zonaro