ABU DHABI ART FAIR CELEBRATES 5TH EDITION WITH IMPRESSIVE LIST OF INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES AND ARTISTS
MANARAT AL SAADIYAT
NOVEMBER 20-23, 2013
Galleries & Artists
This year, Abu Dhabi Art will draw 50 leading modern, contemporary art and design galleries from around the world. The galleries will be arranged into sections making navigation for collectors more user friendly and will be carved into five distinct areas.
The categories are: Modern and Contemporary Art, Design, Beyond (for large scale sculpture, video installations and performances), Bidaya, the Arabic work for beginning and thus dedicated to one emergent gallery launching its journey on the international art scene; and finally, Signature, for galleries showcasing emerging artists.
Dubai-based gallery Lawrie Shabibi will be this year’s Bidaya Gallery, exhibiting works by gallery artists Nabil Nahas and Farghali Abdel Hafiz alongside Meekyoung Shin from Korea and Yudi Noor from Indonesia.
Arts, Talks and Sensations
The annual interactive element of the fair, Art, Talks & Sensations, will return with a programme of performance, screenings and poetry titled “Dunes and Waves”.
International artists including Chassol, Alexdrine Leclere and Julie Fruchon will present live performances, video screenings, poetic installations and “human architectures” created by performers in movement.
Fabrice Bousteau, the French curator who oversees the programme, has also organised two parallel exhibitions for this year’s show: Small is Beautiful, featuring small-scale artworks from galleries participating in the Modern, Contemporary & Design sector.
Where are the Arabs?
A Sharjah Art Foundation Film Programme curated by Hoor Al Qassimi will be presented as part of Abu Dhabi Art.
The series of films reflect on the question: Where are the Arabs? and include work by artists: Monika Borgrmann, Joanna Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Rania Stephan, Jalal Toufic and Graziella Toufic, Lamia Joreige, Jayce Salloum, Akram Zaatari, Monira Al Solh, Simone Fattal and Samah Hijawi. Two programmes of films will screen on alternate days from 20-23 November inside a specially-designed screening room.
Central Events Garden, Manarat Al Saadiyat. Open 15:00-22:00 Wednesday and Thursday, and 14:00-23:00 Friday and Saturday.
The Manarat Al Saadiyat, the fair’s main venue, will house a temporary souk this year. Designed by Japanese architect Shegiru Ban, it will house projects and works by Emirati designers including furniture, product design, jewellery, textiles and handicrafts. The programme will also have a particular focus on architecture that is connected to the region, from the earliest inhabitants who adapted to climate and terrain using temporary and mobile structures, to present-day innovations.
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