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Everything to Know About Abu Dhabi Art’s 15th Edition

Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Art.

Abu Dhabi Art, the prestigious art fair held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, is gearing up to enchant art enthusiasts from around the world with its 15th edition.

From November 22 to 26, galleries from across the globe will converge in Abu Dhabi, transforming Manarat Al Saadiyat into a vibrant hub of creativity and cultural exchange.

Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Art.

This year, Abu Dhabi Art promises to mesmerize visitors with its captivating sectors. The Modern & Contemporary section will showcase galleries that have been operating for at least seven years, presenting a diverse range of artistic expressions that push boundaries and challenge conventions.

Special Projects will feature galleries that have been operating for at least three years, offering solo or two-artist exhibits that delve into the minds of contemporary art’s most intriguing voices. This section will undoubtedly be a treasure trove of thought-provoking installations and captivating narratives.

Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, Untitled, 2022, Acrylic on paper, 59 x 41.5 cm. Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Art.

For those seeking art that is both accessible and affordable, Emerge is an absolute must-visit. Here, galleries will present artworks under US $ 3,000, providing an opportunity for budding collectors to embark on their artistic journeys and discover the next generation of talent. Abu Dhabi Art’s commitment to showcasing exceptional artistic visions extends to the Focus section. Don’t miss this curated space, which features galleries invited to participate with specific artists chosen by a guest curator.

The previous edition of Abu Dhabi Art was a testament to the fair’s ever-growing influence and reach. With 80 galleries from 28 countries presenting over 900 artworks by 300 artists, it was the largest and most diverse lineup to date. The fair continues to push boundaries and nurture talent, with the announcement of Emirati artist Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim as this year’s visual campaign artist.

Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, an artist deeply connected to the environment of Khorfakkan, his birthplace, is an integral part of Abu Dhabi Art’s legacy. Ibrahim’s artistic language is a captivating blend of inscriptions, lines, and abstract forms reminiscent of ancient cave drawings. His works, which were showcased at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2022, explore the concepts of time, memory, and meditation through mesmerizing repetition.

Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim. Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Art.

Dyala Nusseibeh, the Director of Abu Dhabi Art, promises an unforgettable experience: “Visitors will discover contemporary artists from around the world, consider the context of the UAE hosting COP28 this year and the relationship of certain artists to the environment, whilst also encountering a platform for further research on Modern WANASA artists.”

The fair is also set to host a diverse program of art installations, exhibitions, talks, and events in various locations.

Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Art.

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