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ART DUBAI Reveals the Program for its Eleventh Edition

New galleries and representative countries for the 11th edition of ART Dubai

The eleventh edition of Art Dubai looks set to be the most international to date, welcoming new galleries and representative countries to the fair for the first time alongside some ambitious new elements to the programme.

Art Dubai is the MENA regions leading platform to interact with art. It’s a globally diverse fair, mirroring its hometown, which for this year will present galleries from a total of 43 countries. Art Dubai plays a pivotal role in the cultural development of Dubai, redefining the role of art itself.

Highlights of the fair’s growing offering include Art Dubai’s inaugural Modern Symposium, initiated to celebrate the cultural impact of 20th century masters from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia; a visual, sensory and gastronomic experience for visitors realised by Beirut-based artist collective Atfal Ahdath at ‘The Room’; and a series of commissioned performances that will take place during the fair.


Art Dubai 2017 will feature 93 galleries from 43 countries continuing its mandate to offer unrivalled access to art from across the globe, and reinforcing its position as the world’s most globally diverse art fair and the preeminent platform for the regional art scene.


Please note a few highlights from Art Dubai’s 2017 programme below:

Modern Symposium

This year Art Dubai will introduce the inaugural Modern Symposium, which, with the support of Alserkal Avenue, will take place ‪on Friday 17 March at Art Dubai Modern and ‪on Saturday 18 March at Alserkal Avenue. Comprising a series of talks and presentations focused on the life, work and cultural impact of 20th century Modern masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Renowned curators, scholars and patrons will lead the sessions that will delve into the styles, influences and practices of artists whose work contributes to the history of art produced between the 1940s and 1980s.

Art Dubai Projects: “The Room: Cooking Liberty

Hosted in Art Dubai’s ‘The Room’, Cooking Liberty is a visual and gastronomic experience presented by Beirut-based art collective Atfal Ahdath, whose founding members are Vartan Avakian, Hatem Imam and Raed Yassin. Taking cues from Salvador Dali’s cookbook, Les Diners de Gala, and through exaggeration and repetition, Atfal Ahdath invites guests to experience their new, live visceral installation by day. By night, the collective will welcome guests with edible dreams in an immersive setting reminiscent of a grandiose banquet, a truly sensorial experience that flirts with familiarity and expectation.

Art Dubai Commissions

Focusing exclusively on performance art in 2017, the programme will include a series of five specially commissioned performances, curated by guest curator Yasmina Reggad, and presented by international artists, Manuel Pelmuş, Lana Fahmi, Eglė Budvytytė, Iván Argote and Pauline Bastard.

In addition to the Commissions programme, Yasmina Reggad and Lana Fahmi will perform a dance piece, created in homage to recently deceased Emirati artist Hassan Sharif, based on his diagrams, instructions and performance archive.

Global Art Forum

The fair’s critically acclaimed Global Art Forum is the largest talks programme in the Middle East and Asia, and is recognised as a leading international platform for engaging cultural debate. Featuring around 50 speakers from around the world, the forum returns in 2017 under the theme Trading Places, with a focus on the trade of goods and ideas that shape – and reshape – the world. Conceived by Shumon Basar as Commissioner, with Antonia Carver and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera as Co-Directors, the Global Art Forum will take place at the fair on March 15-17. Art Dubai partners with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Dubai Design District (d3) to present the Global Art Forum.


The eleventh edition of Art Dubai takes place March 15-18, 2017 at the Madinat Jumeirah.


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