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Highlights From Contemporary Istanbul 2019


Highlights From Contemporary Istanbul 2019

With the direction of Artistic Director, Anissa Touati, Contemporary Istanbul brought its 14th edition from 12-15 September this year without disappointments. The leading art fair of Turkey, Contemporary Istanbul was held in the Istanbul Congress Center and the Rumeli Hall at the Istanbul Lutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Cente. One of the most beautiful cities in the world and naturally situated between Asia and Europe, thousands attended the fair, reaching a total of 74,000 visitors over the span of the event. With the city's thriving art scene, there is no doubt that Contemporary Istanbul will be kept in mind of the likes of artists, collectors and enthusiasts for a long while. 

Recent Acquisitions Exhibition, Contemporary Istanbul, 2019. Image Courtesy of Contemporary Istanbul

Didem Yagci, Untitled, 2019. Image Courtesy of Red Art Istanbul and Contemporary Istanbul

Key highlights of the event:

  • 74 galleries from 23 countries, 510 artists and over 1,400 artworks
  • 74,000 visitors
  • Global attendance by collectors from France, UK, USA and India, including institutions such as New Museum, Guggenheim Bilbao and Neues Museum Nürnberg
  • Expanded Gallery Support Program, featuring galleries from 5 countries, France, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, and the USA
  • An open-air exhibition of over 10 sculptures on the Lufti Kirdar Terrace
  • Solo booths by local and international artists
  • Large-scale works in the open air by Mikayel Okanjanyan, Guido Casaretto and Osman Dinç
  • The seventh edition of Plugin, curated by Esra Özkan
  • A new collaboration by CI and Art-O-Rama, Mediterranean as a Mindset is a series of talks were organised by Salma Tuqan, Deputy Director of the Delfina Foundation, as part of CIF Dialogues
  • Recent Acquisitions exhibition, based on the theme thingswordssignsthis and the other showcased newly acquired artworks selected from 41 private collections including Suzan Sabancı Dinçer, Erol Tabanca and Selman Bilal


Yasemin Cengiz Çagatay, Hymn of Life, 2019. Image Courtesy of Galeri MCRD and Contemporary Istanbul

Aykut Cömert, Hali, 2019. Image Courtesy of the artist and Contemporary Istanbul

Focused on offering a platform for the city’s flourishing art market, Contemporary Istanbul closed its 14th edition on a high note. With 74,000 visitors and counting, the city is rapidly becoming an access point for contemporary art from all over the world. 

For more information on Istanbul's art scene, click here.


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