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Collectors' Choice exhibition opens at Contemporary Istanbul

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

ci collectorschoiceTurkey’s premier international art fair Contemporary Istanbul welcomes its 11th edition with an exciting project titled Collectors’ Choice. Collectors' Choice is an exceptional exhibition that will showcase 120 artworks personally selected by 60 collectors from their own private collections.

An innovative collaboration produced for the very first time in Turkey, the project will take place in a 1,500 m2 exhibition space at CI 2016. Curated by Contemporary Istanbul Artistic Advisor Marc-Olivier Wahler and coordinated by Contemporary Istanbul Program Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marcus Graf, the planning and execution of the exhibition will be supported by academics and students from several universities. Rethinking the contemporary aspect of private collections and the works in question, the exhibition presents a unique opportunity for collectors, art enthusiasts, curators and art professionals.

By providing an opportunity for collectors to present their individual aesthetic insights, the exhibition will also facilitate a conversation on the shifting dynamics of contemporary art tastes and how best to build an art collection, while the trends, motivations and strategies behind art purchases will be revealed. Bringing together different attitudes, preferences and collections, the project hopes to develop a shared curatorial spirit while drawing a roadmap for a new generation of art collectors. The project is significant, as the exhibited works are selected by the collectors themselves and those chosen are recently acquired pieces.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a professionally produced book under CI Publications, which will be distributed internationally. Gathering photographs and informations about the collections and works, the publication will be the first of its kind to document contemporary works in private collections in Turkey.

Current list of contributing collectors & collections: Leyla Alaton, Ahmet Aral, Mehmet Armağan, Mine & Cem Bahadır, Mehmet Ali Bakanay, Berrak & Nezih Barut, Serdar Bilgili, Hanzade Doğan Boyner, Dr. Şükrü Bozluolçay Koleksiyonu, Büyük Efes Art Collection, Büyükkuşoğlu Family Collection, Bilge & Haro Cümbüşyan, Banu & Hakan Çarmıklı, Demet & Cengiz Çetindoğan, Suzan Sabancı & Haluk Dinçer, Ayşe & Saruhan Doğan, Gülin & Emre Dökmeci, Elif Dürüst, Oya & Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Tansa & Can Ekşioğlu, Sevda & Can Elgiz, Nesrin Esirtgen, Özlem & Naim Gençoğlu, Zeynep & Fırat Gönenç, Emine & Sinan Gülçelik, Cem Hakko, Can Has, Emin & Çiğdem Hitay, Ferit & Hatice Meriçten, Ari Meşulam, Fazlı Özcan, Önder Öztarhan, Murat Özyeğin, Ayşegül & Ömer Özyürek, Leyla Pekin, Ömer & Arzu Sabancı, Sevil Sabancı, Hakan Salargil, Ali Selçuk, Erol & Rana Tabanca, Türkan & Ziya Tacir, Mustafa & Lüset Taviloğlu, Agah & Tüten Uğur, Ayşe Umur, Freda & İzak Uziyel, Murat Ülker, Şebnem & Mahmut Ünlü, Erdinç Varlıbaş, Ergin Varlıbaş, Tony Ventura, Şirin & Neşet Yalçın, Arzuhan & Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ, Zafer Yıldırım and Cem Yılmaz.

Considered the leading international art fair in Turkey, Contemporary Istanbul brings both local and international focus to the dynamic art scene in Turkey's vibrant metropolis every year. A creative hub of activity throughout history, Istanbul is incredibly unique and completely different to any other major world capital. For the past 10 years, Contemporary Istanbul has provided a platform to showcase local work alongside international art. It has become synonymous with delivering artistic excellence and diversity as international and regional interest in the art fair continues to grow.

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