November 24, 2011

6th Edition of Contemporary Istanbul Fair Unveiled

One of the highlights of the winter cultural agenda in Turkey, the sixth edition of the international contemporary art fair Contemporary Istanbul -- an event widely viewed as Turkey’s most prestigious contemporary art platform -- kicked off on Thursday at the vast 12,500-square-meter Lutfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by four alternative musical acts: Paris-based experimental musician Tal Isaac Hadad, pioneering Scandinavian production duo Renaissance Man, Bulgarian act Voin De Voin, who presented his performance “Play,” unconventional Turkish artist Özgür Erkök and German-based Erdem Helvacıoğlu, who staged a performance of his electronica musical “Farewell Istanbul.”

With representatives present from 90 international galleries, 42 of which are from outside Turkey, the total value of the works showcased at the fair is a dizzying TL 80 million. A total of 3,000 works on show courtesy of 550 artists hailing from 22 countries span a multitude of disciplines, including painting, sculpting, photography, installation, graphics, plastic arts, video and new media art.


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