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now in its tenth year, will be realized with the regional focus on Tehran between 12- 15 November



Now in its tenth year, will be realized with the regional focus on Tehran between 12- 15 November

Contemporary Istanbul 2015




Iranian contemporary art has been considered the powerhouse of Middle Eastern art, and one of the most unique forces within the global art scene. In making modern Iran, art has played a fundamental role to break the rules of conventions, to crack open cemented opinions and has challenged and looked at the world and its own society with a critical eye. Iran’s modern history is full of segmented episodes of artistic inquisitions for creating a native, yet a modern artistic language.

CI Focus - which showcases a cutting-edge selection of contemporary art from a specific geographic region or a relevant subject -  will present Contemporary Tehran by bringing in outstanding galleries, art centers, foundations and collections from the region, namely Assar Art Gallery, Aaran Art Gallery, Dastan’s Basement, Shirin Gallery, Lajevardi Foundation, and The Mobarqa Collection.


* In collaboration with CI Ambassador Mahsa Azimi.


Vogue Exhibition: Iranian Women by Mary McCartney

Contemporary Istanbul media sponsor Vogue Turkey will contribute to the fair with an exclusive exhibition of portraits of inspiring Iranian women who are bright, brave and successful in their own fields. Several of the portraits taken by English photographer Mary McCartney, also the child of musician and songwriter Paul McCartney and photographer 

Linda Eastman McCartney, will also be seen in the November issue of Vogue Turkey.

The project includes portraits of significant women from Iran including Abaseh Mirvali, Independent Project Producer & Curator; Azadeh Moaveni, Writer, Journalist, Academic; 

Tina Gharavi, BAFTA-nominated Filmmaker & Screenwriter; Kamin Mohammadi, Writer 

& Journalist; and Hana Makhmalbaf, Filmmaker.

CI Dialogues / Iranian Art NOW
November 14, Saturday
11:30 - 12:30

This year, Contemporary Istanbul inaugurates a new section called Focus, in which every year one important art metropolis will be presented. The participants and art experts will talk about modern and contemporary Iranian art and the current art scene in Tehran.The panel will be moderated by Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Middle East and Gulf Region Roxane Zand. Panelists include Curator, Ali Bakhtiari; Owner at Shirin Art Gallery, Shirin Partovi; and Assistant Keeper (Curator), Islamic and Contemporary Middle East, Dr. Venetia Porter.

'Celebrating Iranian Art' / Cocktail Reception in Collaboration with Sotheby's

Contemporary Istanbul & Sotheby’s will hold a private cocktail reception to "Celebrate Iranian Art” in the context of the fair’s special focus of 'Contemporary Tehran' at Shangri-La Bosphorus Hotel.

Contemporary Art Talks: ‘Collecting Iranian Art’ 

Contemporary Art Talks, organized by Contemporary Istanbul and supported by Akbank Private Banking, held a 'Collecting Iranian Art’ panel on 30 September at the St Regis Hotel. The panel was hosted by Saeed Kouros art collector, Nazila Noebashari founder and director of Aaran Art Gallery, and Behzad Khosravi Noori artist and writer based in Tehran and Stockholm. Maryam Majd, Assar Art Gallery co-director, was the moderator of the talk. 

The panel was organized with the cooperation of CI Ambassador Mahsa Azimi. 


Contemporary Istanbul in Tehran to celebrate Iranian Contemporary Art

As part of the celebration of its tenth year in different cities around the world, ContemporaryIstanbul hosted an dinner at the residence of the Ambassador of Turkey to Iran, Rıza Hakan Tekin that gathered collectors, press members, art professionals and gallery owners on June 1, 2015. With this gathering, Contemporary Istanbul declared that this year the fair will allocate an exclusive area for Iranian contemporary art.

This text is honorably extracted from  by Hoomartgallery.