At 3 p.m. on 30 April 2011, me Collectors Room Berlin is again opening its doors to host a panel discussion for international collectors, in collaboration with KUNST Magazin as part of Gallery Weekend. The session will this time feature Istanbul collector Billur Tacir, joined by two experts on the Turkish art market: Oya Delahaye and Dr. Gisela Winkelhofer.
The event will again be hosted by Jan Kage, alias Yaneq.
Billur Tacir, born 1979, acquired her first artwork while still studying Finance and Marketing at the University of Pennsylvania. Together with her husband, she has spent the past seven years collecting works primarily by Turkish and international contemporary artists. As a qualified gemmologist, she currently works in Istanbul for the 60 year old family-run jewellery business, Kafkas.
Oya Delahaye has been the director of Sotheby’s in Turkey since 2008. After completing her studies in film at the Sorbonne in Paris, she initially worked as an editor for film reviews and as a producer. She then opened her own business in Paris for interior design, specializing in Turkish and Ottoman ‘keyif’ (meaning ‘well-being’, ‘pleasure’), and ‘art de vivre’. It was here that she has also organized several art exhibitions.
Dr. Gisela Winkelhofer
Dr. Gisela Winkelhofer studied art and cultural history in Los Angeles, Paris, Münster and Vienna. After her studies, she lectured at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and at Linz University. In 1998 she founded Edition artCo, and in 2006 w.art projects. Since then she has curated numerous exhibitions, including several major projects in public spaces in Prague, such as Sculpture Grande 07 and Transparency in 2009. She has been a monthly visitor to Istanbul since 2008, where she has curated shows featuring works by Erwin Wurm, Tobias Rehberger and Sylvie Fleury, as well as the group exhibition ‘The Rhythm of Istanbul’ in 2010 at Akbank
In cooperation with KUNST Magazin.