Rampa, a well-regarded contemporary art gallery in Istanbul has shut its doors after seven years in business. The gallery’s final show was a solo outing with Selma Gürbüz that ended in April, but the closure appears not to have been reported in the international press.
Founded by Arif Suyabatmaz and Leyla Tara Suyabatmaz in 2010, Rampa’s roster included esteemed figures like Nevin Aladağ, who is in the Venice Biennale and Documenta this year, Michael Rakowitz, and Cengiz Çekil. The reason for its end is not yet clear, and emails to the gallery requesting comment were not immediately returned. (We’ll update this post when more information becomes available.)
“The aim of Rampa was always to put up rigorous and thoughtful exhibitions, to build artist’s careers internationally, and to do so with passion and steadfast belief in the work,” Esra Sarıgedik Öktem, the gallery’s senior director until recently, said in an email shared by Belgian collector and commentator Alain Servais.