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İstanbul Biennial

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The Koç Group supports initiatives that can be handed down to generations in society and adopts initiatives in this direction.

The largest contemporary art platform in Turkey and one of the four most important biennials in the world, the Istanbul Biennial, also received support in this direction.

The aim was to create awareness about contemporary art, especially among young people, and to introduce contemporary art to those who may not yet have been exposed to it while reviving interest among those who have.

Among the cultural events and organizations held in Istanbul, the Biennial receives the highest interest on a global scale. In that sense, the contribution to Biennial is also made to the Istanbul brand.

Koç Holding undertook the sponsorship of the “Istanbul Biennial”, which is organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, for a period of 20 years. This cooperation, which started in 2007, is planned to continue until 2026. With the conceptual framework, which was designated as “Seventh Continent” by the Biennial curator Nicolas Bourriaud, the 16th Istanbul Biennial will take place between 14 September and 10 November 2019. Under the sponsorship of Koç Holding, Biennial will once again open its doors free of charge to all visitors, and will be held with guided tours and children’s workshops.

In 2017, the decision was taken to leave a permanent monument to Istanbul in every biennial year, and in this context, “Where Do We Go From Here?” by the artist, Ugo Rondinone, was introduced in the Mustafa Kemal Cultural Center in 2017. The Istanbul Biennial has left a permanent trail in the city. With new works to be added every two years, Istanbul is planned to stand out as a rich, up-to-date location for art exhibitions.

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