Contemporary art fair ArtBosphorus unrolling 6th edition in Istanbul

The ArtBosphorus Contemporary Art Fair is unveiling its sixth edition today at Istanbul's Halic Congress Center, hosting a total of 25 art galleries and more than 100 artists from around the world from April 4 to 7. The fair was scheduled to see a gala event on Wednesday evening at the center.

“Parallel Stories, Constructs, Unknown” is the concept of this year's fair, aiming to take its visitors on “a journey between reality and dream” through showcasing works of artists, which were created following their “confrontations” with life, the event's organizers announced in a written statement.

The fair will also present examples from contemporary art with an installation project, video and dance performances as well as an open-air sculpture exhibition.

A program consisting of a selection of video screenings will be featured at the fair, curated by five people, including Gabriel Adams of the US and Magda Guruli from Georgia. Spanish performance artist Ruben Barroso will stage a special show titled “Papers of Istanbul” on Saturday.

The open-air sculpture exhibition, prepared by the Koridoor Contemporary Art Program, will showcase the works of 30 sculptors over an area of 1,000 square meters. Among the artists whose sculptures have been included are Kemal Tufan, Abdulkadir Ozturk, Ali Dirier and Mustafa Yuksel.

ArtBosphorus will honor Turkish figurative painter Resul Aytemur with the Artist of the Year Award for his contribution to contemporary art, his unique style and for being a role model for the younger generation.

Works by Aytemur will be on display throughout the fair as well as a selection of pieces by other acclaimed artists such as Devrim Erbil, Fikret Mualla and Russian artist Andrey Krasulin.