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13th edition of Art Dubai returns on 21st March 2019

18 March 2019

Art Dubai, the region’s premier art fair puts Dubai on the world’s art map and returns to the city from 21st March to 23rd March.  Now into its 13th year, the fair has more than 90 galleries representing 40 nations, promising to get better every year.

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Some of the highlights for this year include:

The Contemporary Zone

This is the largest section showcasing work produced over the past decade, with presentation from across the Global South, which includes Middle East, North Africa, Africa, South Asia and Latin America. The booths are organized in such a manner that you can notice links between them all. The revamped structure offers visitors better access to art from the non-western geographies.

The Modern Zone

A smaller selection of galleries showing art from the mid-20th century. It is more like a history lesson in regional art. This year, organizers have moved the modern section from its former home in the Mina A’Salam hotel into the main halls alongside the contemporary galleries. This is great for contextualising both sections.

The Residents Zone

This is a comparatively new zone, featuring a second time this year, with a special focus on Latin America. Curated by Brazilian Fernanda Brenner and Emirati Minira Al Sayegh, 12 of the leading galleries in Latin America have sent an artist to live and work in the UAE for six-to-eight-weeks residency to produce new work, inspired by the country. This is a good way to merge creative minds.

The Bawwaba Zone

This, being a new section, comprises of 10 single artist presentations, located in a marked off section at the fair. Curated by Elise Antagana, the French-Cameroonian curator, the work has been created within a span of one year, particularly for the fair.

Modern Symposium

Includes a series of talks and presentations, focused on life, work and cultural impact of artistic masters from 20th century. Renowned curators, patrons, and scholars would lead the session that delve into styles, influences, and practices of artists whose work contributes to the history of art across the region.

Global Art Forum

This is a forum for debate, questioning and conversation, around a particular but wide-ranging topic. The forum is often labelled as the ‘Think Tank’ of Art Dubai.’

Bubble Sculptures with Sally Curcio

The American Installation artist, Sally Curcio would be taken children through interactive workshops on how to make cities from shiny glass beads and such other fragile materials, all of which, would not only be fun to work with, but will teach little children about the need to protect our planet.  This forms part of the annual Sheikha Manal Little Artists Programme.

The Ithra Art Prize

This $100,000 prize is offered to artists who live and work in Saudi Arabia, and is now into its second year. The digital work of Daniah Al Saleh, the winner of 2019 edition would be unveiled in the fair this year.

Other highlights

Performances including those ranging from Marlon Griffith’s take on a Trinidadian carnival, together with Dubai’s Filipino community, the Julius Baer Lounge, Campus Art Dubai (CAD) Exhibition, and ‘Opavivara’, the Brazilian art collective are some of the other major highlights at the fair.


Day tickets are prized at Dh.60 online and Dh.90 on the door. Another option is to purchase three-day tickets for Dh.100 online and Dh.150 on the door.


Madinat Jumeirah and Mina A’Salam Conference Halls

21st March, Thursday: 2pm to 9.30pm
22nd March, Friday: Noon to 9.30pm
23rd March, Saturday: Noon to 6.30pm
Tel: 04 5631400

Website: http://www.artdubai.ae

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Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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