FOCUS CONTEMPORARY TEHRAN at Contemporary Istanbul 2015

Shahryar Hatami, Study for A Fall

The 10th edition of Contemporary Istanbul closed on Sunday 15th November 2015 surpassing expectation with the attendance of more than 84,000 foreign collectors and VIP’s, art professionals, academicians and museum groups and art lovers from all over the world. The success of this year is shown in the total value of exhibited works amounting to 63 million Euros of which 64% were sold. This year Contemporary Istanbul brought 102 galleries from 24 territories, 790 artists and welcomed 23 galleries that took part for the first time.

This year, Contemporary Istanbul had a special focus on Iranian art through presenting works selected and brought by four of Tehran’s leading independent art galleries and one independent artistic foundation; Aaran Gallery, Assar Art Gallery, Dastan’s Basement, Shirin Art Gallery and Lajevardi Foundation. The fair this year was also host to a special selection of Iranian Modern Art loaned from the outstanding Mobarqa family’s private collection.

While Tehran being home to a vibrant and exciting art scene and more Iranian galleries and institutions today take part in international events and worldwide cultural collaborations, Focus Contemporary Tehran aimed to offer a strong selection of Iranian exhibitors, each with their precise approach, presenting a diverse range of works by some of the country’s most important and celebrated artists.

Sources: Aran Gallery Newsletter – 11/5/2015; Contemporary Istanbul Website