Contemporary Istanbul opens gallery with new exhibition

Contemporary Istanbul opens gallery with new exhibition

Contemporary Istanbul opens gallery with new exhibition

The Contemporary Istanbul Foundation (CIF) on July 22 opened its new gallery Cocoon with an exhibition.

The Spinning a Cocoon, which will run through Sept. 21, is being co-organized with the Art on Istanbul Gallery in the Turkish metropolis.

Gokşen Buğra, the curator of the exhibition, said that a vast variety of works of art including sculpture, installation, new media, ceramics, photography, and painting were being featured.

Buğra said that the novel coronavirus changed people's lives.

“Artists often consider such times as an opportunity to go back. So, production continued. We wanted to organize such a big exhibition so that we could push our borders both in terms of polyphony and in a period where mobility was decreasing,” she added.

The exhibition brings together 50 works from 16 artists: Ahmet Çerkez, Ahmet Elhan, Burcu Erden, Eda Soylu, Elif Kahveci, Erman Özbaşaran, Evren Sungur, Işıl Kapu, Lütfullah Genç, Mithat Şen, Oddviz, Olcay Kuş, Olgu Ülkenciler, Onur Mansız, Sencer Vardarman and Ülgen Semerci.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, CIF chair Ali Gureli said that the foundation plans to organize training and various certificate programs at the venue.

Gureli said that a new exhibition curated by renowned writer Hasan Bülent Kahraman with a selection from the foundation's collection will be held in September.

CIF organizes Contemporary Istanbul (CI), the leading annual art fair in Turkey.

"Contemporary Istanbul takes place each September and offers a platform for the city’s thriving art scene, growing art market and collector base, as well as an access point to the best contemporary art from the wider region," according to CI's website.