ARTANKARA, which aims to bring dynamism to the art markets in our country and Ankara and grows steadily, met art lovers for the seventh time with selected examples of art works from home and abroad, without sacrificing quality.
The 7th ARTANKARA International Contemporary Art Fair, with the aim of bringing galleries and artists together with art lovers, and raising artistic and aesthetic awareness through its projects and interviews, was held at the ATO Congresium between March 31 and April 03, where 107 galleries, museums, universities, initiatives and projects from 21 countries took place. In the fair where more than 1000 artists were hosted, more than 4000 works came together with art lovers.
ARTANKARA, which has become a more effective artistic meeting platform every year than the previous one, grew by 30 percent despite all the negativities related to the Corona virus experienced and ongoing last year. The fair, which was visited by 18,500 people under social distance rules last year under pandemic conditions, was visited by 28,500 people this year despite the ongoing pandemic conditions. 25 interviews, 22 events, 4 Contemporary Art Projects and 2 Social Responsibility Projects were held at the fair where art, artists and works of art were discussed in various dimensions.
ARTANKARA 2020 determined the theme of the competition among young people as “Paradox”. “Paradox” Art is paradoxical in nature. Not only does it reflect the present, but the art of the future is also created. The artist makes artistic deductions from the tensions between the beautiful and the ugly, the right and the wrong, the happening and the future reality, and the perception of reality. The works sent within the scope of the “Paradox” themed competition for young people were evaluated by the selection committee and 15 of them were exhibited in the special section in 2021.
The fair, which opened with a preview on March 31, 2021 at 16:00, continued with a cocktail after the opening ceremony at 19:00. The awards traditionally given by the fair in 3 categories found their owners. The fair met with art lovers between 10:00 and 20:00 between March 31 and April 03.
Providing information about the fair in their opening speeches, Artankara Chairman of the Board Bilgin Aygül and Prof.Dr. After Hasan Pekmezci, UPSD World President, Painter Bedri Baykam, Ato President Gürsel Baran, Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Mansur Yavaş and Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Özgül Özkan Yavuz made the opening speeches, and then the award ceremony started. Prof.Dr.Hasan Pekmezci presented the award artists and institutions. Contribution to Art Institution Honorary Award was given by Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Mayor to his daughter Naz Balkan Gürses on be half of collector whom we lost in accident while he was working on privatie museum. Artist Honor Award was presented to Prof. Dr. Kıymet Giray on behalf of Mehmet Güleryüz by TCK Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Mr. Özgül Özkan Yavuz, Institution Honorary Award was presented by ATO President Mr. Gürsel Baran on behalf of Ankara Painting and Sculpture Museum to Museum Director Mr. Erdem Akkurt.
The opening of the fair, which took place at the Ato Congresium, was attended by more than four thousand guests, and contemporary works of art were followed with interest.