The tenth edition of Art Dubai, the leading art fair in the Middle East opens today from March 16-19 at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.
According to the organisers, this year is the largest and most diverse fair line-up to date, with new galleries exhibiting in the Contemporary and Modern halls.
The first ever exhibition of its kind on the Philipines’ art scene in Marker, ambitious new commission and projects, the largest non-to-profit educational programming of any international art fair worldwide and the return of the highly anticipated Global Art Forum.
“Art Dubai has come a long way over the past 10 years,” says Antonia Carver, fair director, “and we’re all excited to see the developments over the next decade. Our programme is unlike any other. We represent an art world that is truly global, has huge potential, and our programme foregrounds artistic discovery, ideas-generation and cultural exchange.”
Art Dubai Contemporary includes 76 galleries from 35 countries while Art Dubai Modern includes 13 galleries from nine countries.
In its debut participation in Art Dubai, 1×1 Art gallery presented the work by six contemporary Indian artists.
“We have been in Dubai for last 20 years and we’ve just moved to new space recently in Al Aserkal Avenue,” comments Malini Gulrajani, founder of 1×1 Art Gallery. “We used to worked only with Indian artist and we mostly had Indian clients and we were happy with working in this niche market. But recently, we have made the decision to expand our market and do things a bit differently. The world has changed and you have to open yourself to other areas and artists from other countries.
“Dubai art scene has changed a lot and 20 years ago it didn’t exist and we are proud of being part of that process and that change, bringing the art to the fore. On the other hand, being in Dubai is a great advantage for galleries since it is in the middle of the world and we can do a lot from here.”
Exploring the themes “The Future was”, the tenth edition of the Global Art Forum will run from today until March 18 on Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah. Commissioned by writer Shumon Basar, with Amal Khalaf and Uzma Rizvi as co-directors, the programme includes a series of 32 live talks, panels, and performances.