12th edition of Contemporary Istanbul held on September 14-17, 2017,  brought together 73 galleries, among them 42 from abroad, and 1,500 artworks exhibited on 13,600 m2 of space at the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center.

This year the mood of exhibitors, high attendance of international collectors and over 80 thousands of visitors rushing in to see what the fair had to offer were a pleasing sight. 23 galleries, mostly foreign from Europe and the Middle East, had participated in the fair for the first time, brigning new artists and exciting selection of artworks to showcase to Turkish and regional art public.

Sevart.ist tried to measure the pulse of the regional art market in interviews with the key names from the fair’s organizers, participating gallery owners and leading Turkish artists of various schools and backgrounds. The result is a nine minutes journey into the dynamic, colourful and sometimes surprising world of contemporary art, which we are happy to share with you…

Our special thanks go to:
Mr. Kamiar Maleki, Director of Contemporary Istanbul (CI)
Prof.Dr. Hasan Bulent Kahraman, CI Executive Board Member, writer and art critic
Mr. Brian Balfour-Oatts, art dealer and collector, Acheus / Post Modern, United Kingdom
Mr. Mark Hachem, gallery owner, Mark Hachem Gallery, France-Lebanon
Mr. Ahmet Gunestekin, artist, Marlborough Gallery, New York
Mr. Bedri Baykam, artist and gallery owner, Piramid Sanat, Turkey
Mrs. Maria Kiliclioglu Baraz, sculptor, Galeri Baraz, Turkey
Mr. Genco Gulan, conceptual artist and sculptor, Piramid Sanat, Turkey
Ms. Burcu Percin, artist, X-ist Gallery, Turkey

The commercial success of the Contemporary Istanbul with around 70% of the exhibited artworks been sold, has once again proven that our city is a cultural capital of Eurasia and is becoming a solid regional center for art exchange and new collecting stories that unite artists from Caucasus, Black Sea, Balkans, Central Asia, the Middle East, as well as Europe, America and Asia.

Veronica L. Gunduzlu
Business Development & Investment Advisor

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