March 15th marks it’s eleventh edition of Art Dubai held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the new leadership of Fair Director Myrna Ayad and international Director Pablo del Val.
Featuring 94 galleries from 43 countries, with 27 galleries attending for the first time, this year’s fair will be the largest and most international up to date.
Art Dubai contemporary will feature 79 galleries across its two gallery halls, including a selection of 30+ galleries focusing on solo or two-artist exhibitions. Art Dubai Modern, now in its fourth edition, continues to be the only platform dedicated to showcasing museum-quality works by modern masters from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
The presentations are split between solo or two artist exhibition, allowing a more focused contemplation, and multi-artist shows, enabling an overview of different works, in addition, we are introducing new galleries and countries to the fair this year, with our highest ever number of galleries from Latin America, and galleries from Algeria, Peru and Uruguay attending for the first time. Visitors will see more tightly curated exhibitions in the gallery halls this year.
-Art Dubai’s International Director Pablo del Val.
Through this year round activities, educational initiatives and artist commissions, Art Dubai aims to redefine what an art fair can be. In addition to welcoming new galleries and representative countries in our gallery halls this year, we continuously grow our programming, reflecting the diversity and dynamism of our hometown Dubai, and contributing to its cultural landscapes.
-Fair Director of Art Dubai, Myrna Ayad.
Art Dubai is held in Partnership with The Abraaj Group. The fair is sponsored by Julius Baer, Meraas and Piaget, Madinat Jumeirah
The Abraaj Group Art Prize.
Each Year, Art Dubai Unveils the Abraaj Group Art Prize, the region’s most important prize for artists from Middle East, North America and South Asia. The 2017 prize is curated by Omar Berrada and the winner, London based Bangladeshi artist, Rana Begum, will unveil her commissioned work alongside an exhibition of works by shortlisted artists Doa Aly, Sarah Abu Abdallah and Raha Raissnia. Now in it’s ninth edition, the aim of the prize is to empower potential and give often under-represented contemporary artists the resources to further develop their talent.
Art Dubai Projects: “Ghariba/Stranger”
Art Dubai has commissioned Moroccan born, Brooklyn-based artist Meriem Bennani, to create an interactive bar installation, borrowing from playful strategies and designs that beauty salons or entertainment parks use to encourage social interaction among strangers. This installation includes viewing stations for videos showing film portraits of Moroccan women.