The event is spearheaded by the capital's Department of Culture and Tourism
Abu Dhabi Art will welcome galleries from around the world to the 15th edition of the fair, taking place from 22 to 26 November 2023 at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi.
The fair is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and spearheaded by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), which is working to drive the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors and help achieve Abu Dhabi’s wider ambitions of economic progress not dependent on oil.
New and returning galleries have submitted proposals via the Abu Dhabi Art website and exhibitors have applied to sectors including Modern & Contemporary, which is open to galleries that have been operating for at least seven years; Special Projects, where galleries that have been operating for at least three years can present solo or two-artist exhibits; and Emerge, where galleries present artworks valued at under US$3,000.
The 2022 edition of the fair featured its largest and most diverse gallery line-up to date, with 80 galleries from 28 countries presenting more than 900 artworks by 300 artists from around the globe.
Building on its success, travel agents have the opportunity to create art-based travel itineraries around the fair, incorporating other attractions in the capital such as a visit to the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi Art has also announced the selection of Emirati artist Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, who represented the UAE at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2022, as this year’s visual campaign artist. As in previous years, a selection of works by the artist will be used to create a global campaign for the fair, enabling an international audience to discover his works while also forming the overall visual identity for the fair.
Previous artists who have participated in the art fair’s annual visual campaign were Farah Al Qasimi (2022); Ayesha Hadhir, Rawdha Khalifa Al Ketbi and Shaikha Fahad Al Ketbi (2021); Ebtisam Abdulaziz (2019); Monira Al Qadiri (2018), and Tarek Al-Ghoussein (2017).
For more information on the art fair, please visit www.abudhabiart.ae