CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER THE ART LOVING MEMBERS OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF AN EXECUTIVE BOARD OF ADVISORS

CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER THE ART LOVING MEMBERS OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF AN EXECUTIVE BOARD OF ADVISORS

PRESS RELEASE

16 January 2020

Hosted by Akbank’s Chairperson Suzan Sabancı Dinçer and Contemporary Istanbul’s Chairman Ali Güreli, Contemporary Istanbul has brought together at the Sofa Hotel the members of the business community known for their vocation towards the arts. The purpose of this reunion is to resonate, throughout the world Istanbul’s impact in the cultural and artistic sphere in a visionary way.

The members gathered in the Executive Advisory Board have a common objective which is to serve as much as possible in the promotion of Istanbul to be acknowledged as a world art center. Said Board will convene four times a year and will bring together their strengths and attributes in favor of the arts, of Istanbul.

Contemporary Istanbul, the leading art fair in the region has now begun in all earnest it’s preparations for it’s 15th edition.

In this context and hosted by Suzan Sabancı Dinçer and Ali Güreli at the Sofa Hotel, Contemporary Istanbul brought together the Board composed of art loving eminent representatives of the business community who truly believe in the strength of art. During the meeting, detailed presentations on the past 14 editions and the vision for the 15th edition were delivered to the members of the Board.

The Chairman of Contemporary Istanbul, Mr. Ali Güreli stated that “In 2019 and thanks to the strength of our internal dynamics we have reached an important milestone. Today CI is identified as a brand name associated with Istanbul. Therefore, we are now compelled to bring together qualitatively greater assets to collaborate with us. Any plans we make for the Contemporary Istanbul brand name we first think of Istanbul and then move forward. It is at this juncture that we need engaged defenders of our brand. The Executive Board of Advisors was convened with this purpose in mind.”

Ali Güreli continued his presentation by saying that “In the formation of the Executive Advisory Board the contributions of Suzan Sabancı Dinçer were invaluable. We created and expanded it with her suggestions. In improving the perception of Turkey in the world and in the search for synergies with other countries, art and culture play a pivotal role and together with the leaders and institutions of the city we are going to do what is expected of us. We thank Ms. Sabancı Dinçer for having accepted to chair this Board.”

Just as in the previous editions Akbank will be the main sponsor of the 15th edition. The Chairperson of Akbank remarked that “Akbank has been continuously supporting Contemporary Istanbul for the last 14 years as it considers it an effective vehicle for the promotion of contemporary art in the country. Carrying contemporary art to greater constituencies and introducing it into the wider cultural and artistic agenda in Turkey, Contemporary Istanbul has now become an important global brand name associated with Istanbul and we have relentlessly worked together regardless of economic conditions. The dedication and hard work of Mr. Ali Güreli and his team is commendable and we congratulate them for their success. The aim of the Executive Board is to support Contemporary Istanbul in its international activities and to determine how the members can contribute to the efforts, in carrying the flags of Istanbul and Turkey abroad, finding the right answers to the questions in this realm.”

The Executive Committee will convene 4 times a year according to a pre-determined calendar.

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS:

Suzan Sabancı Dinçer, Ali Güreli, Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ, Rabia Bakıcı Güreli, Hasan Bülent Kahraman, Mehmet Ali Bakanay, Oktay Duran, Sarp Evliyagil, Şerif Kaynar, Ari Meşulam, Ömer Özyürek, Oğuz Satıcı, Murat Tabanlıoğlu, Hüsnü Güreli, Nezih Barut, Erol Tabanca, Cumhur Taşbaşı, Ahu Büyükkuşoğlu Serter, Murat Özyeğin.

CONSULTANTS:

Emin Mahir Balcıoğlu, Alp Üstüngör, Ali Arıkan.

Akbank Main Sponsor

Just as in the previous editions Akbank will be the main sponsor of the 15th edition. The Chairperson of Akbank remarked during the 14th edition that “Akbank has been continuously supporting Contemporary Istanbul for the last 14 years as it considers it an effective vehicle for the promotion of contemporary art in the country. Akbank has always put among its priorities the development of society, of innovation and change and in this context, and throughout the years, has conducted numerous important projects in the sphere of the arts and culture. In the projects that it conducts Akbank aims at safeguarding the local and global heritage and to pass it on to thousands of art lovers and to future generations. Contemporary Istanbul with the support of Akbank and its drive to disseminate contemporary art to ever wider constituencies in society has carried it to a prominent position in the arts and culture agenda of the country and has become a contemporary art event of global resonance. Akbank will continue its support to Contemporary Istanbul whose activities are closely followed by the world contemporary art scene.”