ART DUBAI | Edition


Art Dubai Modern presented museum-quality work by masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, whose work has been influential throughout the 20th century and featured 16 galleries from 14 countries with solo, two-artist and group exhibits.

Mark Hachem, Director of his eponymous gallery and first-time exhibitor said: “We’ve met wonderful collectors and the sales were fantastic. The interest we’ve had in our programme was amazing. It’s our first time in Art Dubai – we’re very happy to be here and we will definitely be back.

This year’s edition saw the launch of Residents, a new programme-cum-gallery section, which saw 11 artists from all over the world come to the UAE for a 4-8 week residency at both in5 and Tashkeel in Dubai, and Warehouse421 in Abu Dhabi. Works produced during this time were presented in the final exhibition at the fair.

Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt, Founder of her namesake gallery and exhibitor in Residents, said: “Art Dubai is truly an international platform for art galleries like ours to connect and has consolidated my relationships with the wider, global art community. We had a great reception from the local community and there was a lot of curiosity, as well as maturity in tastes. It is also great to see a growing focus on African art and artists in the region. The new Residents programme is an amazing initiative by Art Dubai. Our artist, Zohra Opoku, got the opportunity to immerse herself in the environment and culture of the city and connected with different artists, which shaped some of her exhibited pieces here.

Part of Art Dubai’s extensive educational programming, the 12th edition of the Global Art Forum, which is held in strategic partnership with the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) discussed the highly topical issue of automation, in “I AM NOT A ROBOT”, while in Art Dubai’s Modern section, the Modern Symposium celebrated its 2nd edition.

Another key aspect of Art Dubai’s longstanding commitment to education and the development of the UAE’s cultural landscape, the 6th edition of the Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program, held in partnership with The Cultural Office of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, featured artist Hiromi Tango in Healing Garden, an interactive installation that invited children to participate in creating a nurturing environment based on local plants and flowers.