ArtAnkara 8th International Contemporary Art Fair hosted 54 thousand art lovers.

At the opening ceremony, which started with the concert of the Ankara City Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Music Group; Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Özgül Özkan Yavuz, President of ATO Gürsel Baran, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Nurettin Özdebir, Members of Ankara City Council, Ankara Deputy and Chairman of the Capital Ankara Assembly Nevzat Ceylan and World President of International Art Associations Affiliated to UNESCO and artist Bedri Baykam took place with his speeches. Zafer Gençaydın was the winner of the Artist Honorary Award traditionally given within the scope of the fair, while the Imoga Museum received the Institutional Honorary Award and Lucien Arkas received Award of Contribution to Art

The fair, which was realized with 102 participants and more than 1,000 artists and their over 4,500 works in 11,000 m2, took its place among the most visited fairs after the pandemic process with 54 thousand visitors. Artists from a wide variety of nationalities, from Nigeria to Germany, Korea to Russia, and Egypt, took part in the fair where there were physically 120 artists from 33 countries. Speaking about ArtAnkara, which broke a record by surpassing the number of visitors in 2019, Atis Fairs Chairman of the Board Bilgin Aygül expressed their satisfaction with the intense interest shown in the fair. “After the pandemic announced on the second day of the fair in 2020, ArtAnkara, which lost 65% of visitors compared to the previous year, was visited by 2 8,000 people in 2021 with an increase of 55%. But the numbers we see today are much more satisfying. 54 thousand art lovers came together with enthusiasm at the 8th International Contemporary Art Fair. We share this happiness on behalf of our artists and participating countries. We are delighted to have brought the arts together with the people of capital once again through our panels, interviews, workshops and live performances.”

ARTANKARA became the “meeting point” of the people of Ankara for four days with the most distinguished examples of contemporary art and other events.