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Everything to Know About the Return of Art Dubai in 2021

Art Dubai 2021

Photo: Courtesy of Art Dubai

Art Dubai has announced its return for 2021 and has unveiled the line-up for the fair, introducing a new artist-led program to shine a light on Dubai’s rich artistic culture.

The long-standing art event will return for its 14th edition in March 2021, after previously being postponed due to the pandemic. Art Dubai will from March 17-20, at Madinat Jumeirah, and will see the new artist-led initiative join the 85 galleries, from 36 countries, that are all scheduled for the four-day affair.

Art Dubai

Photo: Courtesy of Art Dubai

It will be one of the first major events and the first art fair to be held physically in Dubai since the outbreak of coronavirus earlier this year, and will coincide with the UAE’s golden jubilee celebrations for it’s 50th anniversary.

The introduction of the new artist-led scheme will see talented artists designing and guiding the fair with several live art happenings and site-specific experiences taking place across the emirate. The new live experiences initiative will offer a deeper insight into the artist’s thought and creative processes and looks to disrupt the traditional ways of viewing and engaging with art.

Pablo del Val, Art Dubai's artistic director.

Pablo del Val, Art Dubai’s artistic director. Photo: Courtesy of Art Dubai

“We are thankful for the enduring support from our exhibiting galleries, and the trust they have placed in us throughout the last year,” says Pablo del Val, artistic director of Art Dubai. “We believe in the importance of bringing communities together at physical events and as the only international art fair going forward in the first quarter of 2021, we believe there’s a unique opportunity that our platform can offer to visitors who are keen to explore, discover and re-engage with the international art world.”

Visitors hoping to experience the fair in March, can explore the diverse interpretations of perspectives through three main sections; Art Dubai Contemporary, Art Dubai Modern, and Bawwaba.

Art Dubai Contemporary offers a diverse selection of galleries and exhibited artists from both emerging and established art hubs from around the world. Art Dubai Modern has been curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, and features many extraordinary works by 20th-century modern masters from across the MENASA region, looking to create new narratives and connections from across time. Finally, Bawwaba, meaning “gateway” in Arabic, has been developed by Nancy Adajania and features solo exhibitions that have been created within the last year, or created specifically for Art Dubai showcasing different perspectives from diverse global hubs of trade, culture, and art.

“The city will become a performance ground,” says del Val. “It will allow collectors to discover new parts of Dubai through the eyes of artists.”

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