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Contemporary Istanbul 18th Edition Opening

The 18th edition of the Contemporary Istanbul will take place from September 27 to October 1, with a preview on September 26-27 in the historical shipyard Tersane Istanbul, a venue located on the grounds of a former Ottoman-era shipyard on the shores of the Golden Horn.

This year the fair features 75 galleries and initiatives from 22 countries. A strong line-up of galleries from Europe and the Middle East is joined by leading galleries from South America, Africa, East Asia and the USA.

Launched in 2006, Contemporary Istanbul today is the leading annual art fair in Turkey, situated at the meeting point of Europe and Asia in one of the vibrant cities of the world. Strongly rooted in the rich local context, the fair actively contributes to the dynamic culture of Istanbul and supports its creative industries.

The third edition of The Yard outdoor exhibition presents sculpture, video, and installation works by international artists themed around industrial design and their interaction with the outdoors. The Yard is curated by Marc-Oliver Wahler, the Director of Le Musée d’art et d’histoire (MAH) in Geneva, and former director of Contemporary Istanbul.

New to Contemporary Istanbul this year is CI Photo Focus, a platform dedicated to contemporary photography and exploring the growing interest in it. Overseen by Simone Klein, previously the Head of the European Photography Department at Sotheby’s London and Paris, and a former advisor at Photo London, CI Photo Focus showcases works by 20 international artists and will stage an exhibition presenting works from the Bousan Contemporary’s private photography collection.
See you in Istanbul!

Art fair dates: 26 September - 1 October, 2023
Preview days: Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th of September
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