Istanbul Calling

Works Sold to Benefit İKSV’s 50th Anniversary Young Artists Fund

  • Event date 4 – 18 October 2022
  • Event location London

This October, Christie’s is thrilled to partner with the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) to celebrate its 50th anniversary and benefit the institution’s new Young Artists Fund.

Twenty-three artworks donated by established and emerging contemporary artists will be offered across two auctions in London, the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale (14 October) and First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art Online (4-18 October). Highlights include two enchanting portraits by Beauford Delaney painted in Turkey and held in the same private collection since 1966, important works by Mehmet Güleryüz and Shirin Neshat, an exciting sculptural piece by Refik Anadol and Gökhan S. Hotamışlıgil, and specially commissioned works by contemporary Turkish artists including Rasim Aksan, Burçak Bingöl, Taner Ceylan, Ebru Döşekçi, Ahmet Doğu İpek, İhsan Oturmak, Yağız Özgen and Seçkin Pirim.

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts has been dedicated to promoting culture and the arts since 1973, organising the Istanbul Film, Theatre, Music and Jazz Festivals, the Istanbul Biennial, as well as the Turkish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, İKSV initiated a Young Artists Fund to support the production of ambitious projects by artists across disciplines in Turkey, continuing their efforts towards the development of emerging artists and audiences in Turkey by building strong international ties.

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London Sale Room

Christie's London
8 King Street St. James's
London, SW1Y 6QT

Istanbul Calling | All artworks on view
24 September, 12pm – 5pm
25 September, 12pm – 5pm
26 September, 9am – 5pm & 6pm – 9pm
27 September, 9am – 5pm
28 September, 9am – 5pm

Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale | Selection of artworks on view
6 October, 9am – 9pm
7 October, 9am – 5pm
8 October, 12pm – 5pm
9 October, 12pm – 5pm
10 October, 9am – 5pm
11 October, 9pm – 4pm
12 October, 9am – 5pm
13 October, 9am – 5pm

About Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts

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Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) is a non-profit cultural institution. Since 1973, the Foundation continues its efforts to enrich Istanbul’s cultural and artistic life. İKSV regularly organises the Istanbul Festivals of Music, Film, Theatre and Jazz, the Istanbul Biennial, Leyla Gencer Voice Competition, autumn film week Filmekimi and realises one-off events throughout the year. The Foundation hosts cultural and artistic events from various disciplines at its performance venue Salon İKSV, located at the Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building, and offers creative events programme for children and youngsters at İKSV Alt Kat.

İKSV organises the Pavilion of Turkey at the International Art and Architecture Exhibitions of la Biennale di Venezia, conducts studies and drafts reports with the aim of contributing to cultural policy development, and supports artistic and cultural production through presenting awards at its festivals, commissioning works, taking part in international and local co-productions and coordinating an artist residency programme at Cité Internationale des Arts in France, as well as the annual Aydın Gün Encouragement, Talât Sait Halman Translation, and Gülriz Sururi-Engin Cezzar Theatre Encouragement Awards.

İKSV is a member of the General Assembly of the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO, since 2018.

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