January 14, 2012

Turkish Contemporary Art Spreads to London and Seoul

Istanbul’s main art fair, Contemporary Istanbul (Cİ), aims to carry the fair to London and Seoul in 2012. To discuss the latest developments and aims in 2012, Cİ board members met with Turkish galleries in Sofa Hotel.

“Our main aim is to remove the obstacles Turkish contemporary art has, and that’s why to realize our aim we are working like an institution,” said Cİ Chairman Ali Güreli.

With the aim of spreading Turkish contemporary art to the world and awakening the conscience of Turkish contemporary art in the international scene, Cİ will carry its know-how to other countries. In July 2012, South Korea’s capital Seoul will host the fair of Turkish contemporary art, while in September and October 2012 London will host the same fair by the curatorship of Cİ General Coordinator Hasan Bülent Kahraman. “With these shows we are approaching our aims,” Güreli said.

Cİ also announced that art galleries will be recognized with the status of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and will utilize Small and Medium Industry Development Organization (KOSGEB) loans beginning this year.

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