Pi Artworks Gallery in London
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Founded in 1998 by Yesim Turanlı, one of the founders of Istanbul Art Museum Foundation, Pi Artworks gallery is located in the famous Art Noveau style Mısır Apartment building at the middle of Istiklal Street in Istanbul. Pi Artworks is sharing the building with several notable and established galleries such as Galeri Zilberman, CDA Projects, Galeri Nev and the Nesrin Esirtgen Collection. While participating in an international art fair in Frankfurt for the first time in 2004, Yesim experienced the market potential of Turkish Contemporary Art outside her country. She has been active in the international art scene ever since. Pi Artworks has exhibited at the Armory Show NY, Art Basel HK, Art Stage Singapore, Art India and Contemporary Istanbul in 2012.
Having built up an international audience and collector base over many years and witnessing a steady growth of interest in Turkish Contemporary Art, Yesim Turanlı decided it was time to give her artists more international presence by branching out to London, one of the hot spots of contemporary art today and home to some of the best galleries in the world.
Right in time for Frieze this year, Pi Artworks London will open in the beginning of October 2013. It will be located just off busy Oxford Circus in between Pilar Corrias and Carroll/Fletcher on 55 Eastcastle Street and accross Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, who also recently decided to move her gallery from Zurich to London. Other galleries in the area are Scream, Paradise Row and Rose Issa.
Pi Artworks’ first show in London will be a group exhibition giving sneak preview of the upcoming shows and exhibiting an overview of the artists represented by the gallery. The exhibition will include works by Gülay Semercioglu, Susan Hefuna, Volkan Aslan, Nezaket Ekici, Horasan and Nejat Sati. Right after that, internationally acclaimed performance artist Nezaket Ekici will have a solo show with a selection of her installation videos and photos, giving a life perfomance at the opening of the show.