The 13th edition of Contemporary Istanbul

Istanbul Congress Center and Convention and Exhibition Centre
Istanbul, Turkey
20 – 23 September 2018

Contemporary Istanbul (CI), the leading annual art fair in the region, announces today the galleries for its 13th edition, taking place 20 – 23 September 2018 in the Istanbul Congress Center and Convention and Exhibition Centre. Situated at the meeting point of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, in one of the great cities of the world, CI is led by Chairman Ali Güreli and Director Kamiar Maleki, alongside Akbank, CI’s main sponsor and Ferko, associate sponsor.

CI brings together leading international and Turkish contemporary art galleries, offering a platform for the city’s thriving art scene and growing art market. The 13th edition of the fair will approximately 80 galleries from 21 countries. CI is pleased that galleries such as Archeus Post Modern, Galleria Continua, Galeria Plan B, Galerie Jerome Poggi, Galerie Michael Schultz and Marlborough Gallery have returned to the fair this year, building on their presentations at past editions. For the first time, the fair welcomes participation by new galleries including Almine Rech, Ethan Cohen, Mohsen Gallery and The Hole.

Continuing to build the fair’s reputation for innovation, the 13th edition will also see the expansion of the Gallery Support Program, which assists galleries with participating in the fair. Launched in 2017 with the support of Bucuresti Mall, the initiative has grown to support galleries in countries including the Netherlands, France, Portugal, Romania and the USA.

“In its 13th year, Contemporary Istanbul continues to shine a spotlight on Istanbul as a cultural hub with a growing contemporary arts scene. CI has played an integral role in developing a strong market of local collectors, offering a platform to present contemporary art from across the region and globally to both local and international audiences. This year we are particularly looking forward to hosting for the second time our expanded Gallery Support Program, which has allowed for participation from a wider representation of galleries from across the globe,” says Ali Güreli, Chairman, Contemporary Istanbul.

“We are thrilled to announce the list of participating galleries for the 13th edition of Contemporary Istanbul which features a strong representation of galleries from the region and further afield. This year we welcome over 30 new galleries and over 50 returning exhibitors from past editions as we continue to offer a platform for the Turkish art market, both locally and internationally,” says Kamiar Maleki, Director, Contemporary Istanbul.

Participating Galleries
44A Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul; 55 Bellechasse, Paris, Miami; AB Gallery, Seoul; Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, Brussels, London, New York; Andakulova Gallery, Dubai; Anemoi Art Gallery, London; Anna Laudel Contemporary, Istanbul; Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan; Archeus / Post- Modern, London; Art On Istanbul, Istanbul; Artmedy Gallery, Vallauris; Atelier Rose & Gray, Manchester, Bozlu Art Project, Istanbul; C.A.M. Galeri, Istanbul; C24 Gallery, New York; CA Contemporary, Vienna; Dastan’s Basement, Tehran; Dirimart, Istanbul, Eduardo Secci Contemporary, Florence; Efremidis Gallery, Berlin; Ethan Cohen, New York; Faur Zsofi Gallery, Budapest; Galeri 77, Istanbul; Galeri Baraz, Istanbul; Galeria Joan Gaspar, Barcelona; Galeria Plan B, Cluj, Berlin; Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris,Venice; Galerie Allen, Paris; Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris; Galerie Antoine Levi, Paris; Galerie Art Concept, Paris; Galerie Dix9, Paris; Galerie Jerome Poggi, Paris; Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris; Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris; Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin; Galerie Odile Ouizeman, Paris; Galerist, Istanbul; Galeri Binyıl, Istanbul Galeri/Miz, Istanbul; Galeri Nev, Istanbul; Galeri Siyah Beyaz, Ankara; Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Habana; Gallery Tableau, Seoul; Gama Gallery, Istanbul; Gibbons & Nicholas, Dublin; Initio Fine Arts, Budapest, London; Isabel Croxatto Galeria, Santiago; Karavil Contemporary, London; Kranjčar Galerija, Zagreb; Krank Art Gallery, Istanbul; Lamb Arts, London; Liquid Art System, Capri, Istanbul; Mark Hachem, New York, Paris, Beirut; Marlborough Gallery, New York, London, Madrid, Barcelona; Martch Art Project, Istanbul; MFC-Michele Didier, Paris; Mixer, Istanbul; Mohsen Gallery, Tehran; Montoro 12 Contemporary Art, Rome; NK Gallery, Antwerp; Nosbaum Reding, Luxembourg; Olcay Art, Istanbul; Perve Galeria, Lisbon; Pg Art Gallery, Istanbul; Pi Artworks, Istanbul, London; Pilot Galeri, Istanbul; Piramid Sanat, Istanbul; Project ArtBeat, Tbilisi; RED art Istanbul, Istanbul; RH+ Art Project, Istanbul; Sanatorium, Istanbul; Sector 1 Gallery, Bucharest; Sevil Dolmacı Art Gallery, Istanbul; Shirin Gallery, Tehran; SMAC, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch; The Hole, New York; Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam; Galeria Victor Lope Arte Contemporáneo, Barcelona; Villa del Arte Galleries, Barcelona; X-Ist, Istanbul; X-Pinky, Berlin; Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, Berlin; Zorzini F Gallery, Bucharest.

CIF Dialogues
CIF Dialogues, the fair’s talk symposium, has been a key element of the Contemporary Istanbul program, having been held every year for over a decade. This year’s edition will be the first event hosted by the new Contemporary Istanbul Art, Culture and Education Foundation, as part of its educational outreach, with consultation from Vanessa Arelle and support by Akbank, CIF Dialogues’ main sponsor. Based on the theme of Sensibilities, it will take place ahead of the opening of the fair on 18 September 2018. Sessions will explore topics including Design and Heritage; Tech and Innovation; Art, Architecture and Spaces; Art World, Culture and Dialogue; and Gamechangers. Moderators and guest speakers for CIF Dialogues 2018 include:

Igor Ramirez, Editor, Solar Magazine; Kristina Blahnik, CEO, Manolo Blahnik; William Gilchrist, Stylist, UK; Defne Koz, Co-founder, Koz Susani Design; Bünyamin Aydın, Founder, Creative Director, Les Benjamins; Ismail Hakkı Polat, President, Digital Transformation Association; Nicole Junkermann, Entrepreneur, Investor, Founder of NJF Capital; Güvenç Özel, Architect, Artist, Researcher and Lecturer, UCLA; Sherry Dobbin, Cultural Director, FutureCity; Tolga Ulutaş, EVP of Direct Banking, Akbank; Prof. Suha Özkan, Architect, Founding President of World Architecture Community; Frida Escobedo, Architect, Designer of Serpentine Pavilion 2018; Murat Tabanlıoglu, Architect; Melisa Pezuk, DIFC VP Property Development, Museums Dubai; Anissa Touati, Curator; Alexander Schwarz, Partner, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin; Prof. Hasan Bülent Kahraman, Rector of Netkent Research and Science University; Philippe Van Cauteren, Artistic Director, SMAK; Michael Benson, Director of Prix Pictet, Founding Director of Photo London; Hakan Çarmıklı, Collector, CEO of Çarmıklı Holding; Charlotte Eyerman, Director and Chief Curator, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Ahu Büyükkuşoglu Serter, Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, Enabler; Nizam Uddin, Senior Head of Mosaic and Community Integration; Prof. Mehmet Toner, Biomedical Engineer, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology; Eglantina Zingg. Founder of Proyecto Paz Latino América; Princess Martha Louise of Norway, Author, Founder of Soulspring; and Kim Polman, Founder, Reboot the Future.

CIF Dialogues will be followed by a special presentation of work by Turkish artist Murat Akagündüz as part of a CIF Exhibitions series, hosted by the Contemporary Istanbul Art, Culture and Education Foundation. The exhibition, which brings together recent works alongside seminal paintings inspired by the mythological Kaf Mountain, will be held from 18 September – 22 October 2018 at the Sofa Hotel Istanbul, Autograph Collection.

The 13th edition of Contemporary Istanbul will coincide with a number of events in the cultural calendar of the city including global photography prize Prix Pictet, 18 September – 17 October 2018.

Armen Gevorgian, Parade, 2017, Oil on canvas, 125 x 150 cm, Courtesy Arame Art Gallery, Armenia