The eleventh edition of Art Dubai opened its its doors. From 15th to 18th of march 2017. Held under the patronage HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Preime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, and under the new leadership of Fair Director Myrna Ayad and International Director Pablo del Val, this year’s fair has been the largest and most international to date, with new galleries and countries participating for the first time, alongside ambitious new elements to the programming.
Featuring 94 Galleries from 43 countries, with 27 galleries attending for the first time, Art Dubai continues its mandate to offer unrivaled access to art from across the globe, reinforcing its position as the world´s most globally diverse art fair as well as the preeminent platform for the regional art scene.
This year Art Dubai Contemporary have featured 79 galleries spread 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-Est, Africa, and South Asia. In Addition, new galleries and countries have been introduced to the fair this year, with the highest-ever number of gallerie from Latin America.
Further Highlights of Art Duba this year´s programming include the unveiling of Rana Begum´s winning work for the ninth edition of the Abraaj Group Art Prize; The eleventh edition of Art Dubai´s critically acclaimed Global Art Forum titled Trading Places, which exlores the way trade shapes -and- reshapes the world; a Surrealist dining experience realized by Beirut – based- art collective Atfal Ahdath, at The Room; an interactive installation by Moroccan born- Brooklyn based artist Meriem Bennani, at The Art dubai Art Bar; a series of specially commissioned performances taking place during the fair; as well as a modern Symposium comprising a series of talks celebrating the cultural impact of 20th century Modern masters from the Middle-Est, Africa, and South Asia.
“Through its year-round activities, educational initiatives and artist commissions, Art Dubai aims to redefine what an art fair can be.” said Myrna Ayad, Fair Director of Art Dubai.