Everything You Need To Know About Abu Dhabi Art 2019

BY Odelia Mathews / Nov 18 2019 / 12:26 PM

The 11th edition of Abu Dhabi Art goes beyond the literal and ephemeral to explore cross-cultural heritage, spirituality, luxury and meaningful dialogue within the realm of art

Everything You Need To Know About Abu Dhabi Art 2019

The cultural landscape in the UAE has always been phenomenal in its diverse representation of people who make up the country’s rich tapestry of coexistence and harmony. One look at the developing regional art scene over the years and it is evident that people are passionately united when it comes to their artistic endeavours. This year is no different as the Abu Dhabi Art, now in its 11th edition, welcomes internationally renowned guest curators for a fantastic display of modern and contemporary art from across the globe, displayed alongside special projects, riveting talks and performances, with 50 leading regional and international galleries showcasing artworks and installations that foster constructive dialogue.

Hollyland by Hazem Harb

Courtesy the artist and Tabari Artspace

The fair, which is designed to go beyond the traditional mix of artists and curators, aims to engage audiences through a display of artistic influences and the opening of the Al Burda Endowment Exhibition which is the newest addition. Initiated last year by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, the inaugural exhibition will showcase the work of ten artists who have created a variety of installations that represent elements of Islamic culture.

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Other highlights from this year’s edition includes, Beyond: Emerging Artists Programme by guest curators Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, and the Gateway Exhibition Programme curated by Paolo Colombo, the Art Advisor for the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art which presents a visual art exhibition that explores the relevance of everyday objects to artefacts from the region. Meanwhile, Jerome Sans and Ashwin Thadani, the curators of a new section titled New Horizons are bringing in leading artists and prominent galleries from India and China to the fair. Dr Omar Kholeif will return to curate the Focus sector for the third year by bringing together artists that marry culture and history, influences and ideas, dreams and diversity on one common platform that puts the focus on unity through artistic interpretation.

Conference of Birds and Beasts by Ranbir Valeka

Courtesy of the artist and Vadehra Art Gallery

As part of this year’s exciting programme is a series of talks featuring the opinions, thoughts and expression of artists and curators which will be held at the Manarat Al Saadiyat Community Centre. Ones to watch out for include a presentation of the impact of French luxury organised by Comité Colbert and The Journey which features renowned French-Tunisian artist eL Seed.

Dates:  November 19 – November 24, 2019

Location: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

Tickets: Tickets are priced at Dhs55 for a 3-day pass and Dhs100 for a 4-day pass (which includes the opening reception). Students and children are eligible for free tickets on public days with pre-registration.

For additional information, complete schedule, tickets and registration visit abudhabiart.ae