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.