Contemporary Istanbul
International Art Fair

Considered the leading international art fair in Turkey, Contemporary Istanbul brings both regional and international focus to the dynamic art scene in Turkey’s vibrant metropolis every year. A creative hub of activity throughout history, Istanbul is unique and different to any other major world capital. Like the city that inspires it, CI aims to be equally incomparable. Thanks to the art created and exhibited in this spectacular city, Istanbul is renowned for its contemporary art scene.

For the last 10 years, CI has been a showcase for art from across the globe. Paying undivided attention to Turkish contemporary art, which is incorporated in Istanbul’s spirit, CI hosts the contemporary art of the entire region, by positioning Istanbul as its hub. CI gathers contemporary artwork from the Middle East, Black Sea countries, Russia, the Balkans, Israel, Iran and Egypt which earns the fair a distinct character and a unique identity, while offering a unique taste of art for visitors and locals.

In addition to the list of over a hundred international exhibitors, Contemporary Istanbul has a program of events around the fair including Plugin, CI Dialogues, Collectors’ Stories, and CI Design.

Contemporary Istanbul
International Art Fair

Considered the leading international art fair in Turkey, Contemporary Istanbul brings both regional and international focus to the dynamic art scene in Turkey’s vibrant metropolis every year. A creative hub of activity throughout history, Istanbul is unique and different to any other major world capital. Like the city that inspires it, CI aims to be equally incomparable. Thanks to the art created and exhibited in this spectacular city, Istanbul is renowned for its contemporary art scene.

For the last 10 years, CI has been a showcase for art from across the globe. Paying undivided attention to Turkish contemporary art, which is incorporated in Istanbul’s spirit, CI hosts the contemporary art of the entire region, by positioning Istanbul as its hub. CI gathers contemporary artwork from the Middle East, Black Sea countries, Russia, the Balkans, Israel, Iran and Egypt which earns the fair a distinct character and a unique identity, while offering a unique taste of art for visitors and locals.

In addition to the list of over a hundred international exhibitors, Contemporary Istanbul has a program of events around the fair including Plugin, CI Dialogues, Collectors’ Stories, and CI Design.

  • UNIQUE. Beyond Photography
    Apr 19 – Jun 8, 2024
    Hangar
    Brussels, Belgium
    In the UNIQUE exhibition, we explore 21 projects by artists, half of whom are under 40 and based in Belgium. What unites them is the creative gesture. It’s no longer just the photographic perspective, but the manual labor that is celebrated here. Establishing this physical connection with the artwork results in the creation of unique pieces that defy the norms of analog photography and oppose the reproducibility of digital photography. (more…)
  • Unhealed
    Mar 3 – Sep 15, 2024
    Moderna Museet
    Malmö, Sweden
    The international group exhibition Unhealed delves into the aftermath of the uprisings and revolutions, that swept through the Arab world starting in 2010. These events altered the lives of millions of people, many of whom as a consequence now live in Sweden. With this exhibition, Moderna Museet Malmö proudly presents seventeen artist who, in poignant and thought-provoking ways, have addressed this still unfolding chapter in history. (more…)
  • Mikel Bastida: Anarene
    Publication
    Tipi Photo Bookshop
    International
    Anarene is a book that was born from an eight-year photographic project made by Mikel Bastida in the United States. In the spirit of referencing the ghost town in Archer County, Texas, portrayed in Peter Bogdanovich’s film adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s novel The Last Picture Show, the author has traveled the country looking for images and stories that cinema has left behind. (more…)