Contemporary Istanbul (CI), the leading international art fair in the region, is pleased to announce the preliminary exhibitors list for the upcoming 12th edition of the fair. CI brings together leading contemporary art galleries from Turkey and around the world, giving a regional and international focus to the dynamic contemporary art scene that has developed in Istanbul in recent decades. Reflecting the role of Istanbul as a centre point between East and West, CI strongly believes – now more than ever – in the critical role of art as a catalyst for dialogue, mutual understanding and reconciliation.
Maude Maris, Attique III, 2016, 190 x 130cm, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Pi Artworks Gallery.
Pierre Vermeulen, Sweat Print #10, 2017, gold leaf imitate on aluminium bond, sweat, 250 x 150 cm. Courtesy of SMAC Gallery and Contemporary Istanbul 2017.
- Returning to the fair are the sections: Galleries & Emerging Galleries, the former presenting galleries founded before 2010 and the latter showcasing galleries founded in the past six years; Solo Shows, curated by a single artist or artist group; and the fair’s programme of talks CI Dialogues. In collaboration with Moving Image, the fair will present a section on new media, focused on video, film and time-based installation/sculpture.
- Fair Design: The interior and exterior of the fair is being designed by Istanbul-based Tabanlıoğlu Architects, an internationally renowned, award winning architecture firm. The practice is currently engaged in major assignments worldwide, from Doha to Dakar, Kazakhstan, Ukraine etc., with offices in Ankara, Dubai, Doha and London.
- CI, in collaboration with Tabanlıoğlu Architects, will also introduce City as Gesamtkunstwerk, IstanbulBerlin, a new project and multidisciplinary event curated by Murat Tabanlıoğlu and Johann Nowak, taking place at the old shipyard Haliç Port.
Istanbul Modern, photo credit Murat Germen.
- Sakıp Sabancı Museum will present a large exhibition by Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, occupying both the internal and external spaces of the museum. Sabancı University’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) is located in Emirgan, at one of Istanbul’s oldest settlements on the Bosphorus. In 1998, together with its collection and furnishings, the mansion was bequeathed to Sabancı University by the Sabancı family to be transformed into a museum.
- Arter will present a solo show of works by Turkish artist CANAN featuring new and existing works produced since the late 1990s up until today. CANAN’s works often involve the use of her own body to underlie the ways in which the personal meets the political, as well as taking the form of complex spatial installations that celebrate the freedom of suppressed individuals and novel ways of expression. This survey exhibition will offer a large overview of the artist’s practice that covers a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, performance, photography, print, video, textual and spatial installations as well as traditional forms of expression such as miniature and embroidery. An initiative of the Vehbi Koç Foundation (VKF), Arter opened in 2010 to offer a sustainable infrastructure for producing and exhibiting contemporary art.
- Borusan Contemporary will present a solo exhibition by Diana Thater, an American artist, curator, writer and educator. She has been a pioneering creator of film, video and installation art since the early 1990s. Borusan Contemporary will host an exhibition displaying the artworks from its permanent collection throughout the office spaces of Perili Köşk. Borusan Contemporary is a museum which has a multi-platform programme of exhibitions, events, educational activities, new commissions and site specific installations rooted in Borusan Contemporary Art Collection.
- Elgiz Museum will host a temporary exhibition with highlights from the Elgiz collection that have never been exhibited before, as well as other contemporary artworks ranging from prominent local artists to renowned international artists including Chiararu Shiota, Erwin Wurm and Thomas Houseago amongst others. During this week, the ninth terrace exhibition, which runs from June until October 2017, will be on view at the Elgiz Museum, featuring a selection of artists who have shown in the Elgiz terrace exhibitions since 2012. The Elgiz Museum was founded by collectors Sevda and Can Elgiz as the first contemporary art museum in Turkey in 2001.
- Istanbul Contemporary Art Galleries – 25 significant contemporary art galleries from Istanbul will be presenting exhibitions of both Turkish and international artists, as well as other programmes. The openings at those participating galleries will be held on the 11th and 12th September 2017.
- Istanbul Modern will be one of the main venues of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, entitled A good neighbour. Istanbul Modern’s collection exhibition Artists in Their Time will also be on show. The first private museum in Turkey to hold modern and contemporary art exhibitions, Istanbul Modern was 5 founded in 2004 in an area covering 8,000 square meters on the shore of the Bosphorus.
- Akbank Sanat will host an exhibition featuring international artists as part of its celebrations for its 24th year anniversary. Akbank Sanat (Akbank Art Center) was established in 1993 by Akbank, aiming to support the development of Contemporary Art in Turkey.
- Pera Museum will be one of the main venues of the 15th Istanbul Biennial. Inaugurated on 8 June 2005, Pera Museum is a private museum founded by the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation.