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Contemporary Istanbul

the 18th edition

Contemporary Istanbul
September 28,2023 - October 01,2023
Courtesy by the Contemporary Istanbul

September 28, 2023 October 1, 2023

The 18th edition of Contemporary Istanbul takes place from 28 September to 1 October, with two preview days on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 September 

Contemporary Istanbul is pleased to announce the list of exhibitors taking part in its 18th edition, which will be held over four days from 28 September – 1 October, 2023. There are two Preview days on Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th September. The main partner of Contemporary Istanbul is Akbank.

Taking place at the historic district of Tersane Istanbul, on the grounds of a former Ottoman-era shipyard on the shores of the Golden Horn, 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,

Twenty one galleries are participating for their first time: 4710 Gallery, Tbilisi; Arma Gallery, Madrid; Aspan Gallery, Almaty; BFM Art Center, Suzhou City; Bogena Galerie, Saint Paul de Vence; Callirrhoë, Athens; FURIOSA, Mexico City; IBI ART Gallery, Johannesburg; INLOCO Gallery, Dubai; IN THE GALLERY, Mallorca; Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg; Karpuchina Gallery, Prague; Lazy Mike Gallery, Riga; Maze Art Group, Tehran; Omelchenko Gallery, Moscow; Rıdvan Kuday Gallery, Diyarbakır; Sconci Gallery, Dubai; SGR Galeria, Bogota; SISTEMA GALLERY, Moscow; The Why Not Gallery, Tbilisi; Yvonne Hohner Contemporary, Karlsruhe

Contemporary Istanbul 2023: Gallery Line-up

.artSümer, Istanbul; 193 Gallery, Paris; 4710 Gallery, Tbilisi; AB Gallery, Seoul; Ambidexter, Istanbul; Anna Laudel, Düsseldorf, Istanbul; Arma Gallery, Madrid; Art On Istanbul, Istanbul; Aspan Gallery, Almaty; Bavan Gallery, Tehran; BFM Art Center, Suzhou City; Bogena Galerie, Saint Paul de Vence; Bozlu Art Project, Istanbul; BüroSarıgedik, Istanbul; Callirrhoë, Athens, C.A.M. Gallery, Istanbul; Collect Gallery, Sofia, Istanbul; C24 Gallery, New York; Dastan, Tehran; den art, Antalya; Dirimart , Istanbul; FURIOSA, Mexico City; Galeri 77, Istanbul; Galeri Bosfor, Istanbul; Galeri Nev İstanbul, Istanbul; Galeri Siyah Beyaz, Ankara; Galeria Joan Gaspar, Barcelona; Galeria Senda, Barcelona; Gallery Schmidt, Zurich; HOFA, London; IBI ART Gallery, Johannesburg; IN THE GALLERY, Mallorca; INLOCO Gallery, Dubai; KAIROS, Istanbul; Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg; Karpuchina Gallery, Prague; Lazy Mike Gallery, Riga; Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, New York; Mariana Custodio Gallery, Lisbon, Istanbul; Mark Hachem, Paris, Beirut; Martch Art Project, Istanbul; Maze Art Group, Tehran; MERKUR, Istanbul, Muse Contemporary, Istanbul; Öktem Aykut, Istanbul; Omelchenko Gallery, Moscow; Pg Art Gallery, Istanbul; Pi Artworks, London, Istanbul; Pilevneli, Istanbul; PILOT, Istanbul; Piramid Sanat, Istanbul; RED ART Istanbul, Istanbul; Rıdvan Kuday Gallery, Diyarbakır; SANATORIUM, Istanbul; Sconci Gallery, Dubai; Sevil Dolmacı Art Gallery, Istanbul; SGR Galeria, Bogota; Simbart Projects, Istanbul; SISTEMA GALLERY, Moscow; SODA, Istanbul; THE PILL®, Istanbul; The Why Not Gallery, Tbilisi; Villa del Arte Galleries, Barcelona, Amsterdam; Vision Art Platform, Istanbul; x-ist, Istanbul; Yvonne Hohner Contemporary, Karlsruhe; Zilberman, Istanbul, Berlin. 

Initiatives: Ka Atölye Ankara; Noks Art Space, İstanbul; KOLİ Art Space, Istanbul; Kıyı Projects, Antalya

Institutions: Baksı Museum, Bayburt; Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; Contemporary Istanbul Foundation, Istanbul; Taksim Sanat, Istanbul

CI Photo Focus: A New Photography Platform 

New to Contemporary Istanbul this year is CI Photo Focus, a platform dedicated to contemporary photography that brings together artists, galleries and publications to explore the growing interest in photography. Overseen by Simone Klein, previously the Head of 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. This year’s CI Photo Focus selection committee includes Ansen, Coşar Kulaksız (photographer and curator), Kumru Eren (Managing Director, Borusan Contemporary), Leyla Ünsal (Co-Founder of Versus Art Projects), Sarp Kerem Yavuz (artist) and Tony Ventura (collector).

The Yard – An Outdoor Exhibition 

Staged at the outdoor courtyard of Contemporary Istanbul, 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. The third edition of the exhibition presents sculpture, video, and installation works by international artists themed around industrial design and their interaction with the outdoors.

CIF Dialogues by IGA ART

Running from September 27th-29th, CIF Dialogues, Contemporary Istanbul’s talks programme, centers around three main themes: CI Photo Focus, Art In Public Spaces and Art in Residence. A three-day talks programme led by Marc-Olivier Wahler will focus on Art in Public Spaces and Art In Residency. Simone Klein will moderate a talks panel discussing The Past, Present, and Future of Photography Market. 

Tersane Istanbul, the venue of the 18th Contemporary Istanbul, is a spectacular architectural landmark and a historical gem located on the Golden Horn. Used by the Ottomans as imperial shipyards, the site dates back to the 15th century. The historical buildings of Tersane have been recently renovated by the award-winning firm Tabanlioglu Architects. 

Transport to the fair by sea will run from September 26 to October 1, 2023. Provided by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality City Lines, the service will provide access to Hasköy Pier departing from Kadıköy, Üsküdar and Beşiktaş which is 500 meters from Contemporary Istanbul’s location at Tersane.


Gümüşsuyu, Contemporary İstanbul, İnönü Cd. MERİÇ APT NO:57/7
İstanbul, 34440
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