World class line-up for Abu Dhabi Art

Buste d’Homme by Pablo Picasso

Abu Dhabi Art 2016 has announced it will include works from galleries across 20 different countries.

The event will have four major themes: modern, bidaya (beginning), beyond and gateway.

 Rita Aoun-Abdom event director at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority (TCA) said:


“Abu Dhabi Art 2016 maintains its high calibre of galleries from around the world, with a showcase of distinctive pieces by a diverse range of globally celebrated figures and emerging artists,

“Providing a platform for a universal perspective on art that is not defined by region or geography, Abu Dhabi Art continues to bring world-class art and experiences to the capital, supporting the UAE’s ever-evolving art scene and positioning itself as a global hub for cultural and artistic exchange.”

Misremembered Lines by Lee Bul

Lee Bul, Misremembered Lines, 2011

Galleries exhibiting for the first time include Sean Kelly Gallery (New York) which will feature works by acclaimed artist Idris Khan, Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles), Cuadro Fine Art Gallery (Dubai), and the Tehran/New York based Shirin Gallery. In its debut Abu Dhabi Art appearance, the Dubai-based Custot Gallery will highlight works by eminent French painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet.

Al Ghaith Series by Abdul Qader Al Rais

Abdul Qader Al Rais, Al Ghaith Series, 2015

The event will also exhibit works by other leading figures from returning galleries such as Pablo Picasso (Acquavella Galleries), M.F. Husain (Aicon Gallery), Wael Shawky (Lisson Gallery), Etel Adnan (Sfeir Semler Gallery), Jacques Villeglé (Galerie GP & N Vallois), Ali Banisadr (Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac), Shafic Abboud (Agial Gallery), Rashid Rana (Leila Heller Gallery), Michelangelo Pistoletto (Galleria Continua) and Emirati artists such as Abdul Qader Al Rais (Hunar Gallery), and Mohamed Al Mazrouei (AB Gallery).

Installation by Gu Dixen

Gu Dexin Installation, 2007

 Bidaya is an ongoing initiative that invites an emerging gallery to participate on an international platform. For 2016, the Bidaya gallery will be Hafez Gallery, which is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and will feature Saudi artists including Mounirah Mosly and Ibrahim El Dessouki.

The event runs from November 16-19.


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