Contemporary Istanbul celebrates its 10th Anniversary

on Tuesday, 10 November 2015. Posted in ---2015--- , November

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Contemporary Istanbul is presenting an extensive programme for the launch of its 10th edition taking place from 12–15 November 2015 at the Istanbul Congress Centre (ICC) and Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC).

For its 10th anniversary, Contemporary Istanbul brings together more than 700 artworks and 102 leading and emerging galleries from 28 cities across 24 countries, including 23 galleries that are taking part for the first time. Participating galleries were selected by CI’s Artistic Advisor Marc-Olivier Wahler, with selection committee members Kerimcan Güleryüz, Nathalie
Mamane–Cohen and Freda Rozenbaum-Uziyel.

This year features the third iteration of CI Plugin, the new media section of the fair dedicated to the concept of digital art and design, while Contemporary Tehran explores contemporary art in Tehran. Along with these exciting projects is the addition of an initiative curated by the Australia China Art Foundation, showcasing Chinese artists, and CI Solo Shows, where five galleries select an outstanding artist to highlight.


Each year CI Focus showcases a cutting-edge selection of contemporary art from a specific geographic region or a relevant subject. This year, the focus is on several exceptional galleries from Tehran, featuring works by emerging and established aritts such as Ali Akbar Sadeghi (Shirin Gallery); Morehshin Allahyari (Lajevardi Foundation); Nasser Bakhshi (Aaran Art Gallery); Houman Mortazavi (Dastan’s Basement) and Babak Roshaninejad (Assar Art Gallery). As part of this year’s Focus program, 12 works from The Mobarqa Collection, owned by Nadeer Mobarqa and his wife, are on display. This exceptional collection of over 600 works of Iranian modern and contemporary art includes drawings, installations, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture and video art.


Presented at the ICEC, Plugin features a selection of galleries, architecture and design studios and new media related initiatives that respond to the curatorial theme of X-CHANGE, exploring emerging practices of production and interaction in contemporary media cultures. Curated by Dr. Ebru Yetiskin, x-change represents an array of gentres including sound and light installations, inetic sculptures, interactive and generative design, hologram installations and robotic designs. Independent artists featured are Bager Akbay, Can Büyükberber, Deniz Derbent, Umut Gonca, Erdal İnci, Nihat Karataşlı, Ufuk Barış Mutlu, NOHLab, Pi-Slices, Onur Sönmez, Ayşe Gül Süter and Büşra Tunç. Exhibitors include Borusan Contemporary, DAM Gallery, Galeri Zilberman, Lajevardi Foundation, LICHTFELD Gallery, Pearl Lam Galleries and the Australia China Art Foundation.


This year, Contemporary Istanbul is hosting a new program called Solo Shows, where five galleries curate presentations of one of their represented artists.

Marco Di Giovanni: Mythology, steam punk and physics [Il Chiostro Arte Contemporanea]
Adam Jastrzebski: Vinylowiec reveals dynamic changes in the body [PROPAGANDA]
İhsan Oturmak: Evocative political and sociological explorations [Karavil Contemporary]
Bogdan Rata: Unsettling investigations of body politics and identity [Nasui Collection & Gallery]
Zio Ziegler: Intricately patterned paintings and murals [Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea]

Australia China Art Foundation: Building Bridges

In a project coordinated by the Australia China Art Foundation (ACAF), CI is bringing a diverse and sometimes challenging group of art works and experiences to Istanbul, which will be exhibited in private and public spaces around the city.

Selected List of Participants:

A full list of participants can be found here

AB Gallery (Seoul)
Analix Forever (Geneva)
Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea (Milano)
ALAN Istanbul (Istanbul)
Aria Art Gallery (Florence)
ARMAGGAN Art & Design (Istanbul)
Art Lexing (Miami)
art ON (Istanbul)
artSumer (Istanbul)
ART350 (Istanbul)
Australia China Art Foundation (Shanghai)
Galeri Baraz (Istanbul)
Barbara Paci Galleria d’Arte (Pietrasanta)
Berengo Studios (Venice)
Galerie Bernard Ceysson (Paris)
Bozlu Art Project (Istanbul)
C.A.M Galeri (Istanbul)
C24 Gallery (New York)
Cep Gallery (Istanbul)
Corridor Contemporary (Tel Aviv)
Galeria Contrast (Barcelona)
Daire Sanat (Istanbul)
Daniel Marzona (Berlin)
Dar Al-Anda Art (Amman)
Dirimart (Istanbul)
Dubner Moderne (Lausanne)
Edition Purrmann (Grefrath)
Emmanuel Fremin (New York)
The Empire Project (Istanbul)
l’étrangère (London)
Faur Zsófi Galéria (Budapest)
Frederic Got (Paris)
Il Chiostro Arte Contemporanea (Saronno)
Gaia Gallery (Istanbul)
Gama Gallery (Istanbul)
Galeri 77 (Istanbul)
Galeri/Miz (Istanbul)
Galerie Iragui (Moscow)
Galeri İlayda (Istanbul)
Kare Art Gallery (Istanbul)
Karavil Contemporary (London)
Galerie Koal (Berlin)
König Galerie (Berlin)
K+Y Gallery (Paris)
Lazarides Gallery (London)
Galerie Lelong (Paris)
LICHT FELD Gallery (Basel)
Galerie Loevenbruck (Paris)
Mark Hachem Gallery (Paris)
Marlborough Gallery (New York)
MERKUR (Istanbul)
Galerie Michael Schultz (Berlin)
Mika Gallery (Tel Aviv)
Milk Gallery (Istanbul)
Mixer (Istanbul)
Modus Art Gallery (Paris)
Nasui Collection & Gallery (Bucharest)
Galeri Nev (Istanbul)
Project Artbeat (Tbilisi)
Galerie Paris-Beijing (Paris)
Galleria Russo (Rome)
Galería Rosa Santos (Valencia)
Soda (Istanbul)
Sanatorium (Istanbul)
Rampa (Istanbul)
Redart (Istanbul)
Pi Artworks (Istanbul)
Piramid Sanat (Istanbul)
Pg Art Gallery (Istanbul)
Siyah-Beyaz (Ankara)
Versus Art Project (Istanbul)
x-ist (Istanbul)
Galeri Zilberman (Istanbul)
Galeria Senda (Barcelona)
Savina Gallery (St. Petersburg)
Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo (Barcelona)
Villa del Arte (Barcelona)
Vogelsang Contemporary (Brussels)
Yavuz Gallery (Singapore)
WHITE ROOM | LIQUID art system (Capri)

claude viallat at contemporary istanbul 2015
Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Claude Viallat, 2015/182, acrylic on folded canvas, 172 x 62, 2015

rampa at contemporary istanbul 2015
Rampa, Güclü Öztekin, Untitled, mixed media on styrofoam, 130 x 124 x 7 cm, 2015

galerist at contemporary istanbul 2015
Galerist, Nil Yalter, Pink New York, 86 Hand Painted Polaroids, oil and gold & silver on polaroid, 147 x 105 cm, 1976-1980

contemporary istanbul 2015

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