Celebrating Creativity

Apr 01, 2018
Art Dubai's 12th edition housed its most diverse collection yet

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, this year's Art Dubai welcomed over 28,000 visitors, including representatives from 106 international museums and cultural institutions with an increase of 18 per cent in ticket sales.

More than 105 galleries from 48 countries were feautured across the event's Contemporary, Modern and Residents sections, including frst-time participating countries Ethiopia, Iceland, Ghana and Kazakhstan, marking the fair’s most diverse edition to date.

Featured institutions included The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Museum, the Musée du Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, the Palais de Tokyo, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, as well as a range of UAE-based institutions such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Art Foundation, Art Jameel and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

“Art Dubai gets better every year and there is such a great mix of regional and international art. It’s so wonderful to see new galleries and artists from South America, Azerbaijan and other areas that were not present in previous editions,” said Maria Mumtaz, Director at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, one of Dubai’s leading galleries and long-time exhibitor at Art Dubai.

Outside the gallery halls, highlights of this year’s fair included the unveiling of Walled Unwalled (2018), Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s winning work for the Abraaj Group Art Prize; a rich programme of performances at this year’s iteration of The Room, presented by Khaleeji artist collective GCC and entitled GOOD MORNING GCC; and the presentation of Meem, the winning work by Ayman Zedani, winner of the inaugural Ithra Art Prize.

Part of Art Dubai’s extensive educational programming, the 12th edition of the Global Art Forum, which is held in strategic partnership with the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) discussed the highly topical issue of automation, in I AM NOT A ROBOT, while in Art Dubai’s Modern section, the Modern Symposium celebrated its 2nd edition.

A new partnership between Art Dubai and the Misk Art Institute was also founded and saw a variety of joint programming at the fair. In addition to being the exclusive partner of Art Dubai Modern, the Misk Art Institute supported the non-selling exhibition That Feverish Leap into the Fierceness of Life, curated by Dr. Till Fellrath and Dr. Sam Bardaouil; dedicated sessions in Art Dubai’s Modern Symposium; and presented Reframe Saudi, a Virtual Reality documentary flm that explores Saudi Arabia by looking inside the studios of contemporary artists – a popular and much sought-after attraction at the fair.

Exhibitions by Art Dubai’s partners included From Pen to Thread: Des at the Julius Baer Lounge, a site-specifc presentation by Swiss-Egyptian artist Karim Noureldin, which featured two large textile installations based on drawings made by the artist and produced in India; as well as Piaget’s third showcase at Art Dubai, presenting its latest high jewelry and watchmaking collection: Sunlight Journey. In collaboration with The Cultural Offce of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Piaget revealed Summer Muse by Emirati artist Jawaher Alkhayyal, inspired by Maison Piaget’s Sunny Side of Life high jewellery collection.

Art Dubai 2018 was held in partnership with The Abraaj Group. The fair was sponsored by Julius Baer and Piaget, with Madinat Jumeirah as the home of the event. The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is a strategic partner of Art Dubai and supports the fair’s yearround education programme. The Misk Art Institute was the exclusive partner of Art Dubai Modern. BMW was the new car partner of Art Dubai.

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