With about 500 artists and 100 performers joining from more than 170 countries, Artissima Art Agency inaugurates Dubai Art Expo in celebration of the UAE‘s Golden Jubilee. Held under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Tolerance and Co-existence, the event will be curated by Artissma Art Gallery’s founder Aurela Cuku. Launching on November 4, the three-day event will gather artists worldwide in a conversation that promotes peace, unity, and the exchange of cultures.
The grand opening will be held at the Meydan Hotel and will feature an art exhibition showcasing the work of visual artists, followed by dancers, art talks, choirs, and musicians coming from five continents. With the aim to bridge nations, participating performers are expected to come from Mexico, Brazil, India, Ukraine, the Pacific Islands of Nauru, Tonga, Samoa, and Fiji. It all started in November 2020, as Cuku invited a couple of artists to participate until the list grew as word spread.
The second and third days of the exhibition will be held in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, where first, an exhibition in partnership with the Association of Colours of Peace will be hosted. The Italian non-profit organization aims to reduce social, cultural, and economic differences between nations by showcasing more than 136 paintings by children worldwide. Antonio Giannelli, president of Colors for Peace, Bernard Dika, Councilor at National Park for Peace Sant’Anna di Stazzema, and Alfredo De Joannon, the President of Peace Run, will join hands with Angelo Baldini, President of the Italian UCI Continental team MG K VIS, and will cycle from the Meydan Hotel to Al Fahidi area in promotion of the Colors for Peace initiative. A workshop will open to the public from 5pm to 8pm, where drawings and messages created can be showcased around the world as part of the Association of Colours of Peace.
On the third day of the Art Expo, Sara Abram, the Secretary-General of the Foundation Centro Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale” and Dr Platon Alexiou, professor of architecture at Ajman University, along with other significant masterminds in the industry, will carry the Art Talks program, in which Dr Nasser Palangi and Dr Carla Barbara Coppi will also give additional insights. The Italian artist Mimmo Centonze is also expected to discuss the biography and artwork of the 16th-century Italian partner Caravaggio, drawing attention to historical Western art.