Every year the UAE experiences a more bloomed creative scene than the year before, and 2022 is no exception. Two of the biggest art fairs in the country, Art Dubai and Abu Dhabi art, have already announced their showcase dates with new galleries and exhibitions to look forward to. The events offer a magnified lens on the works of regional and international artists through public programs that bridge intercultural dialogues and open gateways for opportunity.
Abu Dhabi Art
Abu Dhabi Art will return in its 14th edition from November 16 to 20, 2022, with a program that allows local and international art works to gain a larger audience, and displays installations with distinguished narratives at both, the Manarat Al Saadiyat venue, and across the capital. Although the full lineup of artists has not been finalized yet, the fair plans on hosting an Emirate-wide program.
It was only last year that the event decided to return in a fully physical manner, featuring 49 galleries. Each year, Abu Dhabi Art is brought to life by a selection of guest curators that help offer a global view in relation to art. 2021 saw several noteworthy names in the mix, from Simon Njami, who worked on ‘Kind of Blue’, to Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, who curated ‘Beyond: Emerging Artists’ and Roxane Zand, who put together the ‘Collectors Forum’. One can expect equally interesting names in the 2022 edition of the annual event.
Back in its 15th edition this year, Art Dubai aims to drive conversations on the rich cultural heritage and contemporary art from the Middle East to different territories around the world. From March 11-13, 100 galleries from more than 40 countries will come together under four main galleries” Contemporary, Modern, Bawwaba, and Digital.
The Contemporary gallery will present works from all over the world, pushing both emerging and established art scenes into the spotlight with solo and group shows.
The Modern gallery will star presentations by modern artists from the MENASA region, focusing on the works of 20th century artists in specific geo-historical contexts.
Curated by Nancy Adajania, a cultural theorist and independent curator, the Bawwaba gallery will highlight the works of last year, with a curated insight on the development of art in multiple geographical scenes.
Art Dubai Digital will blur the lines between reality and the metaverse with its selection of several international galleries that work with NFTs and devote their projects to new media and digital art since the 1980s.