Galleries 17-07-2017

July 17 | Istanbul gallery Rampa to close

Sad news for one of the most exciting Turkish galleries, as the director of Rampa announces its closure. Elsewhere, FIAC and the Rencontres de Bamako announce more details of their 2017 program.

Istanbul gallery Rampa closes its doors

In an email shared by Belgian collector Alain Servais, the director of the Rampa gallery Esra Sarıgedik Öktem has announced that the gallery will closing after seven years of business.

Founded in 2010 by Arif Suyabatmaz and Leyla Tara Suyabatmaz, the gallery represented artists such as Nevin Aladağ, Michael Rokowitz or Hera Büyüktaşçıyan. Whilst Öktem remained vague as to the reasons behind the closure, he has said that he will continue to work “as a friend and collaborator” with the gallery’s artists. Rampa’s last exhibition was a solo show by artist Selma Gürbüz that ended in April.


Selma Gürbüz at Rampa Gallery ©



11th edition of Rencontres de Bamako takes shape

Curator Marie-Ann Yemsi, alongside Institut Français CEO Anne Tallineau and Samuel Sidibé, have revealed details of the program of the event’s 11th edition — scheduled for December 2, through January 31, 2018 — titled “Afrotopia”. Rencontres de Bamako will be held at Musée National du Mali and in various other locations dotted around the African city.

The Biennale will see a Pan-African exhibition take place at the Musée National du Mali, which will bring together 40 photographers and video artists based across the continent and its diasporas, as well as several satellite events taking place across the city’s Musée District and the Institut Français. Artists have been chosen via an International Curatorial Advisory Committee that includes members such as artists Sammy Baloji, Aïda Muluneh and  Lekgetho James Makola, Palais de Tokyo curator Rébecca Lamarche-Vadel, LagosPhoto founder Azu Nwagbogu and NOOR images representive Olfa Feki. Read more on artdaily.


Sammy Baloji, Kumbuka ! (2013)



FIAC announces 2017 exhibitor list

The 44th edition of Paris’ FIAC, taking place between October 19 and 22 at the Grand Palais, has announced the list of this year’s participating galleries.

The fair will welcome 192 modern and contemporary art galleries hailing from 29 countries, including 40 newcomers such as Selma Feriani, (Tunis, London) Green Art Gallery, (Dubai) Sorry We’re Closed, (Brussels) LambdaLambdaLambda, (Prishtina) Gypsum (Cairo) and Instituto de Visión. (Bogotá) Whilst more than a quarter of exhibitors are from France, six countries will make their first appearance at the fair this year: Egypt, Kosovo, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Tunisia. The fair’s performance festival Parades will also return to the Palais de la Découverte, featuring performances from Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Maria José Arjona, Trisha Brown Dance Company among others. Read more via artnet news.


FIAC, International Art Fair 2017 ©



Heritage Auctions to partner up with auction results database Auction Club

American auction house Heritage Auctions has announced a new partnership with Auction Club for a collaboration that will bring more than 100,000 sales results to the fine art auction records database.

Auction Club is the only independent database large-scale provider of historic fine art auction results that does not organize auctions or have its own marketplace. More via artdaily.



Gernot Wieland is the winner of the 2017 Mostyn Open

The Berlin-based artist, whose video project Thievery and Songs, 2016 was chosen from some 600 submissions, will receive a cash prize of £10,000. Wieland’s work, together with that of 27 other shortlisted artists, will be on show at the Llandudno gallery.

In a statement the selectors said that “Gernot Wieland’s accomplished and complex work stood out for the panel, specifically for the way in which it creates a narrative around the human condition and how it examines the place of the individual in society.” In addition to the main prize, a £1,000 Audience Award will be given to the artist who will receive  the most votes from the visiting public during the exhibition’s run. More via Mostyn’s website.

Image © Gernot Wieland
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