March 21, 2013

New Art Fair in Istanbul, Turkey, 2013

All Arts Istanbul, New Art Fair in Turkey

A brand new art fair was founded in Istanbul, Turkey: ALL ARTS ISTANBUL that will take place for the first time from 18 to 21 April 2013 at the Istanbul Convention Center in Harbiye, Taşkışla Street. The new Turkish art fair will offer art enthusiasts a wide array of works, ranging from Turkish and Ottoman traditional arts to antiques, from modern to contemporary art. In addition to a variety of artworks from Turkey, Middle East and North Africa, antiques and contemporary art will be presented side by side by galleries, art institutions and auction houses in addition to second-hand booksellers, artisans, craftsmen and antique dealers. With a comprehensive approach to art, All Arts Istanbul aims to serve as the nexus point in Turkey for people and institutions who invest in art and art objects. The fair will offer participants many programs to choose from, including visits to artist's studios, guided tours of museums and private collections, seminars, conferences and workshops.

Group photograph of All Arts Istambul's Advisory Board
The Advisory Board for All Arts Istanbul was created with key figures from the art world and member from the organizations sponsoring the new Turkish art fair. 

All Arts Istanbul Advisory Board Meeting, 10th December 2012

The first comprehensive meeting of the fair took place last december, and the names of the members of  the Advisory Board are as follows:

Prof. Dr. Nurhan Atasoy, Turkish Cultural Foundation
Beşir Ayvazoğlu, Zaman, Columnist
Beyhan Bağış, Anatoli, Chairman
Doç. Dr. Emin Mahir Balcıoğlu, Qatar Museums Authority, Project Director
Faruk Bayrak, Everest Publishing, Chairman
Ahmet Benli, Galérie Benli
Tayfun Demirören, Demirören Holding, Executive Board Member
Uğur Derman, Türk Petrol Foundation, Executive Board Member
Haldun Dostoğlu, Galeri Nev
Doç. Dr. Ahmet Halûk Dursun, Topkapı Palace, Museum Director
Levent Erden, Havas World Wide Turkey, CEO
Dr. M. Sinan Genim, Architect
Remzi Gür, Gürmen Group, Chairman
Ali Güreli, All Arts Istanbul, Chairman
Prof. Dr. Gül İrepoğlu, Art Historian, Architect
Prof. Dr. Mustafa İsen, General Secretary of the Presidency
Yusuf İyilik, Yön Group, Chairman
Prof. Dr. Hasan Bülent Kahraman, All Arts Istanbul, General Coordinator
Prof. Dr. Hüsamettin Koçan, Baksı Museum, Founder
Fehmi Koru, Star, Columnist
Doç. Dr. Nazan Ölçer, Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Director
Ömer Faruk Şerifoğlu, Advisor to the Private Collection of the Presidency
Jale Tantekin, Tantekin Antiques
Cumhur Güven Taşbaşı, The Director General for Promotion of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Doç. Dr. Gülname Turan, Istanbul Technical University, Faculty Member
Necla Zarakol, Zarakol Communication, Chairman

Ali Güreli, the President of the Board of All Arts Istanbul said: '' Istanbul is becoming one of the most important contemporary art centers in the world, and the Biennial as well as the Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, which has taken place for the 7th time in 2012, are strong contributors of this development.'' He also called attention to the private sector’s piqued interest in art, saying “Interesting and important exhibitions took place in Istanbul in recent years, the likes of which had never been executed in Turkey before. After developing its contemporary art scene, Istanbul will expand its cultural, economic and touristic boundaries further with ''All Arts Istanbul Fair''. Intense interest in the traditional arts, the need for investment in art as a tool of of modernization, today is quite tangible in these fields even beyond the known names. All Arts Istanbul will contribute greatly to the city, culture and art.”

General Coordinator of All Arts Istanbul, Prof. Dr. Hasan Bülent Kahraman also said: "All Arts Istanbul will create a platform for traditional, exemplary art works that are produced in Turkey, that are neither marketed nor promoted to the fullest outside the scope of auctions and some limited networks. Collectors who have so far presented their accumulations only in auctions, will be given a chance to present, promote and if the occasion arises, sell their valuable objects, and the fair will create an opportunity to enrich and transform existing collections. The fair will be a platform where buyers and sellers will be able to come together in a highly contemporary  setting and an attractive setup."