21 – 24 March 2018
The 2018 edition of the fair will present an intimate and diverse line-up of 105 galleries from 48 countries, making the coming edition the fair’s largest and most globally diverse to date. Alongside 77 returning galleries, the fair will welcome 28 first-time exhibitors from around the world.
Art Dubai’s Contemporary section will feature 78 galleries from 42 countries in 2018, including first-time participants from Iceland, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan. This section is extraordinarily diverse. It will encompass the world’s most influential galleries as well as dynamic young art spaces. Likewise, the artists range from emerging and upcoming practitioners from lesser-known art capitals to household names. The works they will present cover all artistic media—including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, photography and performance.
Art Dubai Modern will present a record number of 16 galleries from 14 countries exhibiting works by twentieth century masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, whose work has been influential throughout the 20th century. For the first time, Art Dubai Modern will offer the opportunity to see galleries present tightly curated collective exhibitions, in addition to solo and two-artist shows.
The year’s edition will also see the launch of Residents, a new gallery programme dedicated to solo presentations from invited galleries whose artists will take part in a 4-8 week residency. The programme will take place in the UAE and encourages artists to immerse themselves in the local art scene to create a body of work which merges their distinct artistic practice with their surroundings. The final works will be on show in the new section of the fair, presented by the artists’ respective galleries.
Residents 2018 will present an intimate selection of 11 solo gallery presentations by artists from around the world working across all media. The galleries in this section will be presented in a special exhibition between the two Contemporary gallery halls. The programme aims to support artists by providing a platform to develop their practice and create new work inspired and influenced by their stay in the UAE. Framed within a unique geographical and cultural context, Residents further aims to facilitate exchange and dialogue between artists, local communities and the broader cultural landscape.
Art Dubai Portraits is a digital extension of Art Dubai’s offerings. Portraits is a film series on artists that are connected to the fair through its programming or participating galleries. It aims to serve as a one-of-a-kind resource for curators and researchers working on the art from the region.
Art Dubai is held in partnership with The Abraaj Group. Art Dubai further promotes regional art and artists by featuring a unique mix of programming and commissioned works, often in partnership with other regional institutions, as well as the annual exhibition of works by the winner and shortlisted artists of the Abraaj Group Art Prize.
The fair is sponsored by Julius Baer and Piaget. Madinat Jumeirah is home to the event. The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is a strategic partner of Art Dubai and supports the fair’s year-round education programme.
Michelangelo Pistoletto. Color and Light, 2016. Courtesy The Artist and Galleria Continua