Art Dubai 13th edition kicks off with 500 artists from 42 countries

Pablo del Val, Artistic Director of Art Dubai speaking to media personnel at press briefing on Monday> — Courtesy photo

DUBAI — The 13th edition of Art Dubai kicked off on Tuesday featuring 92 Contemporary and Modern galleries from 42 countries and one of the largest educational programming, and runs from March 20-23 at Madinat Jumeirah.

Art Dubai hosts the inaugural edition of its new gallery section Bawwaba featuring ten solo presentations from artists, based in, and/or focused on projects about Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Central and South Asia, which resonate deeply with narratives around colonization histories and contemporary experiences.

Launching as part of Art Dubai’s 13th edition, a new segment of UAE Now curated by Abu Dhabi-based Munira Al Sayegh exploring the country’s emerging independent local artist-run platforms and putting the spotlight on youth and independent home-grown subcultures.

Pablo del Val, Artistic Director of Art Dubai, said: “Art Dubai continues to develop original content to redefine what an art fair can be and contribute to the UAE and wider region’s cultural landscape. We represent an art world that is truly global and inclusive, rooted in artistic discovery and the promotion of new and alternative perspectives, community building, idea generation and cultural exchange. Geographies, galleries and artists, art typologies and thematics that are not often seen side-by-side, or even as part of the same conversation, will converge at the fair. We hope that new discoveries will be made and new synergies formed.”

Art Dubai 2019 welcomes more than 500 artists representing 80 nationalities across its four gallery sections: Art Dubai Contemporary, Art Dubai Modern, Bawwaba and Residents.

This year Art Dubai Contemporary features 59 galleries from 34 countries presenting work by some of the most notable contemporary artists working today. Art Dubai Modern is presented alongside Art Dubai Contemporary, giving context to the historical narrative being played out across the booths.

Residents - Art Dubai’s unique annual residency program — present a focus on Latin America; 12 artists from the continent’s leading galleries.