8th of May to September 19th
ARTER’s first exhibition “Starter” brings together contemporary artists
from the 1960s until the present day.
“Starter” ARTER’s inaugural exhibition will be opened on Saturday the 8th of May,
presenting works from the VKF contemporary art collection. The exhibition is curated by
René Block, who also played a significant advisory role in the formation of the collection.
René Block’s connection to Turkey intensified through the 4th International Istanbul Biennial
in 1995 and the concurrent Fluxus Retrospective, both of which he curated, followed by the
“Adventure İstiklâl” exhibition series at the Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Art Gallery, which
was made possible with support from the VKF. Block is also the editor of the artist
monographs that accompany this series.
The opening exhibition “Starter” comprises over 160 works by 87 artists. The exhibition also
offers an art historical perspective from the 1960s to the present, with works from Turkey and
abroad. A list of artists in the exhibition is attached.
The catalogue and visual identity of the exhibition were designed by Esen Karol, who was
also responsible for ARTER’s corporate ID.
The VKF Contemporary Art Collection currently contains around 400 works by more than 100 artists and it focuses, on contemporary art from Turkey and the neighbouring geography. The exhibition “Starter” offers an art historical perspective from the 1960s to the present, along with recent artistic practices in Turkey and abroad.

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