Art Dubai Guide 2018 – What You Need To Know

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Art Dubai Contemporary and Modern presents their most diverse edition to date. The 2018 fair will feature 78 contemporary galleries from 42 countries, from the world’s most influential galleries to dynamic young art spaces. Likewise, the artists range from emerging and upcoming practitioners from lesser-known art capitals to household names. Included first-time participants from Iceland, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan. The fair will also include 16 Modern art exhibitors from around the globe as well as a progressive residency programme with 11 invited multidisciplinary artists participating.

Contemporary Exhibitors Include: Tehran Ab/Anbar Addis Ababa / London Addis Fine Art | Beirut Agial Art Gallery New York Aicon Gallery Seoul Artside Gallery Moscow Artwin Gallery Almaty Aspan Gallery Pueblo Garzón Piero Atchugarry Gallery Jeddah ATHR Beirut / Dubai Ayyam Gallery Vienna Bäckerstrasse4 Madrid Galería Elba Benítez Aspen / New York Marianne Boesky Gallery Oslo Galleri Brandstrup Sydney Martin Browne Contemporary Karachi Canvas Gallery Dubai Carbon 12 Beijing / La Habana / Les Moulins Galleria Continua Dubai Custot Tehran Dastan’s Basement Dubai / Tunis Elmarsa Madrid Espacio Valverde Kolkata Experimenter Dubai Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde Paris Galerie Imane Farès London / Tunis Selma Feriani Gallery Colombo Saskia Fernando Gallery Istanbul GALERIST Accra Gallery 1957 Baku / London Gazelli Art House Dubai Green Art Gallery London Grosvenor Gallery Cairo Gypsum Gallery Jeddah Hafez Gallery Dubai / New York Leila Heller Gallery London Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery Reykjavik I8 Gallery Singapore Ikkan Art Gallery Budapest Inda Gallery Athens / Thessaloniki Kalfayan Galleries Dubai / Tehran Khak Gallery Mainz / Venice Galerie Dorothea Van Der Koelen Vienna Galerie Krinzinger Dubai Lawrie Shabibi New York / Paris Galerie Lelong & Co London John Martin Gallery Dubai Meem Gallery London / Venice Victoria Miro Paris Galerie Mitterrand Tehran Mohsen Gallery Turin Galleria Franco Noero San Francisco Gallery Wendi Norris Milan Officine Dell’Immagine Ramallah Gallery One Shanghai / Singapore / Tokyo Ota Fine Arts Menlo Park Pace Art + Technology Turin Giorgio Persano Zurich Plutschow Gallery Paris Galerie Polaris Tbilisi Project ArtBeat Berlin Katharina Maria Raab Galerie Buenos Aires / Lima Revolver Galería London Rosenfeld Porcini Karachi Sanat Gallery Istanbul Sanatorium Beirut / Hamburg Sfeir-Semler Gallery London Sophia Contemporary Stuttgart Galerie Michael Sturm London TAFETA Beirut / Munich Galerie Tanit Brussels / Paris TEMPLON Dubai The Third Line São Paulo Vermelho Marrakech VOICE Gallery Istanbul X-Ist Ramallah Zawyeh Gallery Luxembourg Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery Berlin / Istanbul Zilberman Gallery

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Art Dubai

Art Dubai Modern Exhibitors 2018 will present a record number of 16 galleries from 14 countries exhibiting works by twentieth-century masters. For the first time, Art Dubai Modern will offer the opportunity to see galleries present tightly curated collective exhibitions, in addition to solo and two-artist shows. The works they will present cover all artistic media—including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, photography and performance.

Modern Exhibitors Include: Beirut Agial Art Gallery Mumbai Akara Art Manama Albareh Art Gallery Tehran Aria Gallery Tunis Le Violon Bleu Mumbai / New Dehli / New York DAG Dubai / Tunis Elmarsa Egypt Karim Francis Gallery London Grosvenor Gallery Beirut / New York / Paris Mark Hachem Jeddah Hafez Gallery Ramallah Gallery One Lisbon Perve Galeria New Delhi Sanchit Art Cairo Ubuntu Art Gallery Amman

The fair’s 2018 edition will also see the launch of Residents, a new gallery programme dedicated to solo presentations from invited galleries whose artists will take part in a 4-8 week residency. The programme will take place in the UAE and encourages artists to immerse themselves in the local art scene to create a body of work which merges their distinct artistic practice with their surroundings. The final works will be on show in the new section of the fair, presented by the artists’ respective galleries.


Art Dubai’s inaugural artist residency programme has invited 11 international multidisciplinary artists to create works of art inspired by their time in the UAE. Their works will be displayed in a new section of the fair named Residents.

Residents Include: 1×1 Gallery | Dubai Poonam Jain Bangalore, 1989 Lives and works in Bombay Erti Gallery | Tbilisiato Akhalkatsishvili Tbilisi, 1979 Lives and works in Tbilisi Mariane Ibrahim Gallery | Seattle Zohra Opoku Altdöbern, 1976 Lives and works in Accra Galerie Kornfeld |Berlin Farshad Farzankia Tehran, 1980 Lives and work in Copenhagen
Lakum Artspace | Riyadh Faris Alosaimi Riyadh, 1991 Lives and works in Riyadh The Mine | Dubai Yasuaki Onishi Osaka, 1979 Lives and works in Osaka Öktem & Aykut |Istanbul Jennifer İpekel Istanbul, 1988 Lives and works in Istanbul Orbital Dago | Bandung Iabadiou Piko Prabumulih, 1984 Lives and works in Yogyakarta ROBERTO PARADISE | San Juan José Lerma Seville, 1971 Lives and works in Chicago, IL, USA The Rooster Gallery | Vilnius Kristina Alisauskaite Vilnius, 1984 Lives and works in Vilnius Tyburn Gallery | London Victor Ehikhamenor Udomi-Uwessan, Edo State, 1970 Lives and works between Lagos and Maryland

The fair serves as the ideal place to discover global emerging artistic talent from across the world and timeless masters from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.

Art Salon is an engaging platform that provides MENASA based collectors and patrons of the arts the opportunity to meet and interact with other like-minded individuals through uniquely personal and inspirational events, tours and talks. Gatherings usually take place in an intimate setting and feature special regional and international guests. Our aim is to facilitate connections between individuals, groups and communities, generating innovative ways to shape the future of art in the region and creating new opportunities for artists to embrace.


This year’s edition of Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum will focus on the power, paranoia and the implications of automation running through our lives today and tomorrow.


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Art Dubai


For its second edition, the Modern Symposium returns with a series of talks and presentations, led by international curators and scholars, exploring the trajectories of modernists who emerged from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.

Art Dubai aims to broaden the conversation on art outside of the traditional art centers. It does so by featuring galleries and artists presenting works from emerging art scenes, exhibited alongside, and matching the quality of, those from firmly established centers of the art world, making the fair a place of discovery from art from across the globe.Mirroring the cosmopolitanism and energy of its hometown Dubai, Art Dubai is a human-scale fair that acts as a meeting point for the international art world. A manifestation of this is the fair’s museum groups programme, which has served as a platform for discussions and networks that last in time and go beyond commercial transactions, and has seen the inception of international exhibitions and artistic projects that crystallize throughout the year.

A leading international art fair, Art Dubai is also the preeminent place to interact with art from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia through a number of high-profile galleries from across the region. In addition, the fair features a unique section, showcasing museum-quality Modern works from the MENASA region, alongside a yearly Modern Symposium.Acting as a digital extension of Art Dubai’s offering, the Art Dubai Portraits, a film series on artists that are connected to the fair through its programming or participating galleries, serve as a one-of-a-kind resource for curators and researchers working on the art from the region.Art Dubai further promotes regional art and artists by featuring a unique mix of programming and commissioned works, often in partnership with other regional institutions, as well as the annual exhibition of works by the winner and shortlisted artists of the Abraaj Group Art Prize.Through its year-round educational initiatives such as the Global Art Forum, Campus Art Dubai and the Art Dubai Fellowship, Art Dubai is integral to the development of the local art scene and is active in building the theoretical framework for the local artistic talent showing at the fair.



4:30-5pm: Tour: The 10th Abraaj Group Art Prize. Location: The Abraaj Group Art Prize Exhibition, Madinat Jumeirah.

Curator Myriam Ben Salah will introduce multidisciplinary works of AGAP 2018 winning and shortlisted artists.

5:30-6pm: Tour: Piaget’s ‘Sunlight Journey’. Location: Piaget Exhibition, Madinat Jumeirah.

For their third showcase at Art Dubai, Piaget presents their latest High Jewelry and Watchmaking collection: ‘Sunlight Journey’.

5:30-6: 30 pm: Talk: From Pen to Thread: Karim Noureldin’s Immersive Installation for Julius Baer. Location: Julius Baer Lounge, Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah.

Swiss-Egyptian artist and Art Dubai newcomer Karim Noureldin will discuss the inspiration behind his textile installation pieces, designed for the Julius Baer Lounge.

8-9pm: Book Launch: Sharjah Art Museum’s 20th Anniversary. Location: MiSK Lounge, Art Dubai Modern, Mina A’Salam.

Learn more about one of the UAE’s influential art museums and its contributions to the local cultural scene.


2:30-3: 30 pm: Wordplay: The Art of Wosene Worke Kosrof. Location: Art Dubai Contemporary, Addis Fine Art Booth, A13, Madinat Jumeirah.

Art Dubai newcomer Addis Fine Art will discuss the artistic process of Ethiopian artist Wosene Worke Kosrof.

6-6:30pm: Tour: Art Dubai Modern. Location: Art Dubai Modern, Mina A’Salam.

This tour will offer an insight of works by 20th-century masters from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.

8-8: 30 pm: Tour: That Feverish Leap Into The Fierceness of Life. Location: Art Dubai Modern, Mina A’Salam.

Explore 20th-century works of art that were created in Baghdad, Casablanca, Cairo, Khartoum, and Riyadh.


1:30-3pm: Residents 2018: Creative Processes and Bonding Experiences in the UAE. Location: GAF Tent, Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah.

In this roundtable discussion, Residents artists and supporters will discuss the fair’s inaugural residency programme.

2-3pm: Art Dubai Public Tour. Location: Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah.

This free and enjoyable tour will explore highlight presentations of regional and international galleries.

2-3pm: Talk: Colab, A Story of Cultural Cooperation. Location: Julius Baer Lounge, Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah.

This panel discussion will explore the UAE and France’s cultural cooperation, heightened by the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.


Thursday, March 22, 2018: 4-9:30pm
Friday, March 23, 2018: 2-9:30pm
Saturday, March 24, 2018: 12-6:30pm


Art Dubai Madinat Jumeirah (link), Exit 39 (Interchange 4) from Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE.


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