News Center -TDO- Art Ankara 7th International Contemporary Art Fair was opened with the contribution of local and foreign art galleries.

Deputy Foreign Minister Faruk Kaymakcı, Deputy Interior Minister Tayyip Sabri Erdil, Atis Fair Chairman Bilgin Aygül, ATO President Gursel Baran, Fine Arts general manager Murat Salim Tokaç, UNESCO IAA International Artists Association president Painter Bedri Baykam, art historian and curator Prof. Kıymet Giray also attended the opening.

Speaking at the opening ceremony at the Ankara Congresium, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Özgül Özkan Yavuz stated that he was happy to be in Artankara, where they have supported since 2015.

Yavuz said that he was very happy that more participants supported the Fair in the conditions of this year's epidemic.

Yavuz used the following statements: " Hippocrates said,' Art is eternal, life is short.' For this reason, we continue many activities. Art feeds our soul, heals a person."

Ankara Metropolitan Mayor Mansur Yavaş also said that many events could not be held in the name of developing culture, but they continue to prepare projects.

Yavaş used the following statements: "Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts has been doing very good works in Istanbul for many years. We are also working to establish a similar foundation in Ankara. Our work continues for the continuation of art and culture in Ankara in an international sense. We are angry at those who say that Ankara is a gray city. The way to color Ankara and remove it from the Gray is to support art. If art was so important in Ankara, we wouldn't have killed the city. We didn't build big buildings next to two-story buildings.”

The fair's traditional "Honor Awards" also found their owners at the ceremony.

"Artankara institution Honor award "was awarded to the Museum of painting and Sculpture,"contribution to Art Award "was awarded to the late businessman Mehmet Balkan,"artist Honor award" was awarded to Mehmet Güleryüz.

ArtAnkara, which brings together galleries, museums and art institutions from various provinces of Turkey and different countries, can be visited at 10.00-20.00 hours until April 3.

The exhibition, attended by 107 galleries, includes paintings, sculptures, glasswork and installation works. In addition to galleries, museums, universities and institutions providing art education, companies producing artistic materials, solo shows and independent projects will host more than a thousand participants.

As part of the fair, 22 interviews will also be held where problems and claims from the art world are discussed.

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