Programme and participating galleries under new Director Myrna Ayad

Art Dubai

November 29, 2016

March 15–18, 2017

Art Dubai
Madinat Jumeirah

Art Dubai announced today the programme and gallery line-up for its 11th edition, taking place March 15 through 18, 2017 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, this year will mark the fair’s first edition under its new Director Myrna Ayad. Continuing its mandate to offer unrivalled access to art from across the globe, Art Dubai 2017 will grow its already extensive programming and has announced its strongest and most international gallery participation to date.

Art Dubai 2017 will feature 90+ galleries from 44 countries, reinforcing its position as the most global of art fairs and the preeminent platform to discover new artists, galleries and emerging trends. With 25 galleries attending the fair for the first time and almost three quarters of galleries returning, both the Contemporary and Modern sections of Art Dubai 2017 were heavily oversubscribed.

“We are delighted to welcome new galleries and countries presenting for the first time, alongside lots of returning friends of the fair and it’s fantastic to be working with the team to drive forward what has always been the cultural powerhouse of the region. Art Dubai continues to spearhead the cultural development of the local and regional landscape, and in addition to the four days of the fair, Art Dubai is consistently present internationally, supporting and partnering with institutions, galleries and patrons, and hosting events in recognition of our combined efforts,” said Myrna Ayad, Fair Director.

Art Dubai Contemporary 2017 will feature 77 galleries spread across its two gallery halls; including a selection of 30+ galleries focusing on solo or two-artist exhibitions, showing alongside collective presentations by galleries with multi-artist shows; highlighting the revamped sections within the halls.

View the full list of participating galleries for Art Dubai Contemporary 2017 here.
Visuals for Art Dubai Contemporary 2017 are available for download here.

With the Modern section now in its fourth edition, Art Dubai is the only platform dedicated to showcasing museum-quality works by modern masters from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. In 2017, Art Dubai Modern will feature 14 galleries from 13 countries.

View the full list of participating galleries for Art Dubai Modern 2017 here.
Visuals for Art Dubai Modern 2017 are available for download here.

Through its year-round activity, educational initiatives and artistic programming, Art Dubai redefines what an art fair can be and has been a leading force in the development of the cultural landscape of the Middle East.

The fair’s critically acclaimed Global Art Forum is the largest talks programme in the Middle East and Asia and recognised as a leading international platform for engaging cultural debate. Featuring around 50 speakers from around the world, the forum will return in 2017 to Dubai and Sharjah under the theme “Trading Places” and 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, “Trading Places” will take place at the Dubai Design District (January 13), across Sharjah (January 14), and at Art Dubai (March 15 through 17).

Following the resounding success of The Wedding Project in 2016, Art Dubai’s The Room will feature its second project, Green Sea Gardens, in 2017. New York-based Moroccan artist Meriem Bennani will create an imaginative country for the fair. An immersive installation by day and gala by night, the exhibition will explore the possibilities of merging traditional and futuristic dreamscapes and the dinner events will be opulent journeys through a fictional country, complete with its own gastronomy, architecture, fashion, technology, brands, and music.

Each year, Art Dubai unveils the Abraaj Group Art Prize, the most significant art prize in the region. Curated by Omar Berrada, an exhibition by winning artist Rana Begum will be presented alongside works by shortlisted artists Doa Aly, Sarah Abu Abdallah, Raha Raissnia.

The Art Dubai Commissions programme has grown significantly since the fair’s last edition and will include site-specific works as well as a series of five specially commissioned performances, curated by guest curator Yasmina Reggad, and presented by international artists, Manuel Pelmuş, Lana Fahmi, Eglė Budvytytė and Iván Argote. One of the performances will be staged as a tribute to the recently deceased Emirati artist Hassan Sharif.

Further highlights of Art Dubai’s educational programming will include the fair’s Fellowship Programme, a network of exceptional writers and curators working in the Middle East, coming together for a week-long series of intensive workshops during Art Dubai; as well as Campus Art Dubai, an intensive six-month course giving artists, writers, curators and cultural producers the opportunity to develop their practices under the mentorship of world renowned curators.

Art Dubai is held in partnership with The Abraaj Group and is sponsored by Julius Baer and Piaget. Madinat Jumeirah is home to the event. The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is a strategic partner of Art Dubai and supports the fair’s year-round education programme.