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Contemporary Istanbul brings modern art to Turkey

Contemporary Istanbul is celebrating its sixth anniversary, bringing the most comprehensive contemporary art fair to Turkey to date. 

The premier art fair of the region gathered art lovers earlier at the Istanbul Congress Center, Exhibition Area and Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Center, Rumeli Hall.

Contemporary Istanbul showcased contemporary paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, installations and limited editions with the participation of national and foreign galleries.

This edition brought together 90 contemporary art galleries from 20 countries, half of them international, featuring art initiatives, independent projects and publications along with art institutions in addition to exhibitions.

In total some 3,000 contemporary artworks by 526 local and global artists were exhibited, while more than 1,000 collectors visited Contemporary Istanbul.

A total of 60,000 visitors were expected at the event in Istanbul this year.

Contemporary Istanbul hosted galleries, artists, curators, art critics and collectors from the Gulf Region in its “New Horizons” section.

In the CI Dialogues Conference Series, where the contemporary art of today and tomorrow was discussed throughout the fair, Turkish and international collectors, artists, art directors and critics contribute to a series of panels.

During the exhibition – sponsored by Akbank Private Banking for the fifth time - the Akbank Private Lounge hosted the “Contemporary Artists Exhibition” that has been presented for 30 years by the Art & Sculpture Museum Association and the interactive applied arts education for children.