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Istanbul Biennial Over the Years

15 Biennials and still going strong


Courtesy of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)


Now in its 32nd year, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) has been organising the Istanbul Biennial since 1987. The biennial aims to create a meeting point in Istanbul, in the field of visual arts between artists from diverse cultures and the audience. The 15 biennials İKSV has organised up to now have enabled the formation of an international cultural network between local and international art circles, artists, curators and art critics by bringing together new trends in contemporary art every two years.

“It is always exciting to unveil new layers of the city through different perspectives. And I strongly believe that the themes of Istanbul Biennials create a beautiful constellation that reaches to infinity.” ~ Bige Örer, Director of the Istanbul Biennial

Considered as one of the most prestigious biennials alongside Venice, São Paolo and Sydney, the Istanbul Biennial prefers an exhibition model which enables a dialogue between artists and the audience through the work of the artists instead of a national representation model. The curator, appointed by an international advisory board, develops a conceptual framework according to which a variety of artists and projects are invited to the exhibition.


Read our interview with Ms. Bige Örer, Director of the Istanbul Biennial, as we discuss 'The Seventh Continent' and the importance of the Istanbul Biennials for Turkey. 


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