Istanbul: a week full of art

Art Istanbul: the first week-long celebration of contemporary culture held in one of the world's most extraordinary and culturally-rich cities. Art Istanbul will host a number of cultural activities, namely Turkey's leading international art fair, Contemporary Istanbul, and will also provide access to new cultural offerings, discussions and education programme working with the most prestigious institutions, museums, cultural centers and leading commercial galleries between November 19th and 25th.

More than 50 organisations—including museums, foundations, galleries and cultural organisations will come together to present a cultural programme that will reveal Istanbul's burgeoning art scene and the cultural transformation it has undergone in the last decade.
Mr Ertugrul Gunay, Turkey’s Minister of Culture and Tourism says: ‘Istanbul with its ever-increasing number of art centers, museums, world-renowned events such as Istanbul Biennial and Contemporary Istanbul, along with its cultural heritage and economic strength, has managed to attract both local and international recognition. We are delighted to support this week.’
Art Istanbul is creating a key moment in Istanbul's cultural and artistic calendar and draws both local and international audiences to the programme of events across the city.

Art fairs and galleries
Contemporary Istanbul, Alan Istanbul, art On Istanbul, Artcore Space, artSümer, Asfalt Art Gallery, C.A.M. Galeri, Cda-Projects Gallery, Çağla Cabaoğlu Gallery, Daire Galeri, Dirimart, Egeran Galeri, Ekavart Gallery, Elipsis Gallery, Galeri Apel, Galeri Artist, Galeri Artist Çukurcuma, Galeri İlayda, Galeri Linart, Galeri Manâ, Galeri Nev Istanbul, NON, Galeri Selvin, Galerist, Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul'74, Kare Art Gallery, Merkur, Mim Art Gallery, Mixer, Pg Art Gallery, Pi Artworks, Pilot Galeri, Piramid Sanat, Rampa, Sanatorium, Soda, The Empire Project, and The Sofa Hotel All Arts, x-ist.

Museums, institutions and initiatives
Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), Istanbul Design Biennial, Akbank Art, Arter, Borusan Contemporary, Institut Français Istanbul, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Istanbul Modern, The Museum of Innocence, Pera Museum, Proje 4L Elgiz Museum, SALT, 5533, AmberPlatform, Collectorspace, Full Art Prize, Kat 1, Near East, Pasajist, and Spot.

Special projects
ArtWalkIstanbul by Grizine, Kültür Departmanı, Tophane Art Walk, and ArtRing Nişantaşı - Akaretler.

For the full programme click here.

Contemporary Istanbul, the premium and largest art fair in Turkey, announces its 7th edition at the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC) and the Istanbul Congress Center. Running from 22 – 25 November 2012, the fair will offer a comprehensive range of Turkish and international art including painting, sculpture, video works, installation and limited editions from local and international galleries.
Featuring over 100 galleries including important international galleries Marlborough Gallery, Haunch of Venison, Opera Gallery, Galerie Michael Schultz, MAM-Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art as well as local galleries; Dirimart, Rampa, Galeri Mana and approximately 600 artists, the 7th edition of Contemporary Istanbul will be the largest yet.
Mr Ali Güreli, Chairman of the fair says: ‘We are excited to present the most comprehensive edition of Contemporary Istanbul to date, whilst contributing to Istanbul’s cultural and gravitational pull, helping it to become a hub for the arts and support contemporary artists from Turkey’.
The CI Dialogues programme will run for the duration of the fair, discussing current topics and welcoming art professions from all over the world. The session “Institutions, Economy and Art” where Simon de Pury, Co-Founder of Philips de Pury and Pierre Levai, Founder of Marlborough Gallery will participate, will be broadcasted live on Bloomberg HT.

Galeri Artist: Tony Cragg, Versus; 2011. 50 x 160 x 55 cm. Bronze.

Art from the Netherlands
2012 marks a unique year for Contemporary Istanbul. In honour of 400 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and the Netherlands, Contemporary Istanbul is hosting a selection of Dutch galleries; including Grimm Gallery, Galerie AKINCI, Amstel Gallery, Expeditie Zsa-Zsa Eyck, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Ron Mandos and a number of Dutch artists, gallerists and collectors will participate in the fair’s panel discussion program, CI dialogues, which this year takes as its theme “Art as a collaborative space”. A selection of video works will be shown as well. ‘”Art from the Netherlands“ program is organised with the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, include a series of talks by prominent figures including Ann Deemester (Director, de Appel), Hedwig Fijen (Director, Manifesta), Sabrina Kamstra (Collection AMC, Chairperson, VBCN), Catharien Romijn (DSM collection) and Alexander Strengers (The Netherlands Bank Collection)

Amstel Gallery, Netherlands: Micky Hoogendijk, My ode to Damian; 2012. 120 x 80 cm, digital c print.
New Horizons
The New Horizons section explores contemporary artistic expression of the surrounding countries in the region. Having previously featured contemporary art from Syria, Iran and the Gulf countries, this 7th edition is focussed on Central and Eastern Europe, with Contemporary Istanbul playing host to galleries such as Galerie Vernon, Sarıev Contemporary and Molnár Ani Galéria amongst many others, along with artists, curators, publications, art critics and collectors from Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Hungary. The programme includes an exhibition of works belonging to the Hungarian collector Gabor Hunya.

Vernon Gallery: Jane Farmanova, Above the Book; 2012. 56 x 42 cm. Watercolour.

ICE Magazine 
Contemporary Istanbul continues to publish its quarterly contemporary art and culture magazine ICE (Istanbul – Contemporary – Etc.). Issued in Turkish and English in order to carry out its mission to promote contemporary Turkish art, both within Turkey and internationally, ICE is available with its monthly application on iPad, iPhone and Android!
Contemporary Art Talks
Contemporary Art Talks have been created in order to raise awareness of contemporary art in Turkey.  Supported by Akbank Private Banking since 2010, the seminars this year will take place in Antalya, Adana, Bursa, Ankara and a number of other cities in Turkey.

Encounters International Exhibitions
The ‘Encounters’ programme aims to promote Turkish contemporary art abroad through a series of exhibitions in cities around the world. Following the success of Encounters: Turkish contemporary art in Korea (6 – 26 September 2012), which showcased established and emerging artists from Turkey, Encounters will be travelling to London, Doha and Mumbai 

Françoise Heitsch Gallery: Ergül Cengiz, Untitled, 2012. Papercut, oil on paper, 210 x 160 cm.