Abu Dhabi Art 2016 Announces Galleries Line-up

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Aug 2 2016 / 21:31 PM

The eighth edition of the fair will showcase a prestigious selection of modern and contemporary art with public programming

Abu Dhabi Art 2016 Announces Galleries Line-up
Pablo Picasso,'Buste d’Homme,' 1964. Oil on canvas, 64.8 x 54 cm. Courtesy of Acquavella Galleries
Abu Dhabi Art 2016 Announces Galleries Line-up
Gu Dexin, installation, 2007, Bananas, cast iron and marble, dimension variable. Courtesy of Galleria Continua.Photography: Ela Bialkowska
Abu Dhabi Art 2016 Announces Galleries Line-up
Ibrahim El Dessouki, 'Building N3', 2015. Oil on canvas, 200 x 75 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Hafez Gallery, Jeddah
Abu Dhabi Art 2016 Announces Galleries Line-up
Abdul Qader Al Rais, 'Al Ghaith Series', 2015. Oil on canvas, 200 x 280 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Hunar Gallery, Dubai
Abu Dhabi Art 2016 Announces Galleries Line-up
Lee Bul. 'Misremembered Lines', 2011. Crystal, glass and acrylic beads on nickel-chrome wire, stainless-steel and aluminum armature, 141 x 180 x 140 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Abu Dhabi Art returns in 2016 with a presentation of 40 galleries representing established and emerging artists from nations across Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East. The fair is organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and will take place from November 16-19. Abu Dhabi Art will feature galleries exhibiting under the fair’s four segments: Modern and Contemporary, Bidaya, Beyond and Gateway.

The Modern and Contemporary section of the fair will exhibit an array of established galleries. Among the highlights will include Acquavella Galleries presenting the iconic artwork of Pablo Picasso, Sfeir Semler Gallery will showcase Etel Adnan and Michelangelo Pistoletto will be represented by Galleria Continua. Dubai-based Leila Heller Gallery will exhibit Rashid Rana, Emirati artist Abdul Qader Al Rais will be showcased by Hunar Gallery and AB Gallery will present the works of Emirati artist Mohamed Al Mazrouei.

Abu Dhabi Art will feature an initiative titled Bidaya, derived from the Arabic word ‘beginning,’ which involves the international presentation of an emerging gallery at the fair. This year, Hafez Gallery from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will exhibit the works of Saudi artists Mounirah Mosly and Ibrahim El Dessouki.

The Beyond section of the fair will present large-scale sculptures and installations throughout the city’s public spaces for the duration of six months. Artists participating in the 2016 programme will comprise of regional talent such as Ahmed Faig, Nja Mahdaoui, Bassam Geitani, as well as international artists Lee Bul, Aziz + Cucher, Lawrence Weiner, Wang Dongling and Slavs and Tatars.

The fair will also showcase the Gateway exhibition, which will feature modern and contemporary artists under a shared cultural context. The presentation will feature an installation by renowned Beijing artist Gu Dexin, a showcase of modern Arab art curated by Catherine David, and ‘(Re) Birth’ a thematic group exhibition of emerging and established artists from diverse cultures and times curated by artistic director and long-term Abu Dhabi Art collaborator Fabrice Bousteau.

Abu Dhabi Art will offer a selection of public programmes of performing arts, collaborative community initiatives and a series of public talks, converging experts from renowned cultural institutions including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and international art institutions for the eighth edition of the fair.

Scroll through our gallery above for a sneak peak of some of the pieces that will be on display during the festival. For more information on Abu Dhabi Art, visit Abudhabiart.ae