All About Art Dubai

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Art Dubai, the international art fair, is re­turn­ing for its 11th edi­tion this March 15-18 at Mad­i­nat Jumeirah. The fair will host 93 gal­leries fea­tur­ing over 500 artists com­mu­ni­cat­ing through dif­fer­ent me­dia such as dance, paint­ing, sculp­ture, food and mu­sic.

We’re look­ing for­ward to so many events this year. Get ac­quainted with the 20th­cen­tury his­to­ries of the Mid­dle East, South Asia and Africa through Art Dubai Mod­ern’s 15 art gal­leries, show­cas­ing works from Mum­bai, Cairo, Tehran, Ra­mal­lah and more.

Art Dubai Con­tem­po­rary will fea­ture 79 gal­leries, show­cas­ing paint­ing, sculp­ture, in­stal­la­tion, video, photography and per­for­mance. We’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing Martin Browne’s dream­like dig­i­tal art­works, Ex­per­i­menter’s paint­ings (below), and Zi­doun-Bos­suyt’s alu­minium mesh and spray-paint sculp­tures (top).

The Global Art Fo­rum, ti­tled Trad­ing Places and led by Shu­mon Basar, will bring an ex­change of nar­ra­tives, with a fo­cus on the trade of goods and ideas that shape so­ci­ety. The fo­rum will take place through­out the fair.

The Art Dubai Mod­ern Sym­po­sium will bring sto­ries from the re­gion’s key modernist fig­ures: cu­ra­tors, schol­ars, mu­seum direc­tors and pa­trons, to cel­e­brate the cul­tural im­pact of 20th-cen­tury mas­ters from the Mid­dle East, Africa, and South Asia.

If you’re into per­for­mance art, check out the Art Dubai Com­mis­sions per­for­mances (below right) in­clud­ing Iván Ar­gote and Pauline Bas­tard, Eglé Bud­vy­tyté, Manuel Pel­mus and Lana Fahmi, with con­tem­po­rary, mod­ern and in­ter­pre­tive dance. Yas­mina Reg­gad and Lana Fahmi will per­form a dance homage to Emi­rati artist Has­san Shari.

As part of the the Shaikha Manal Lit­tle Artists Pro­gramme, chil­dren be­tween the ages of five and 17 can en­joy hands-on work­shops, dis­cov­ery tours and Ex­pand­ing Trea­sures, a project for fam­i­lies.

For a glimpse into the life of Moroc­can women, check out Brook­lyn-based artist Meriem Ben­nani’s in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tion that will in­clude video por­traits of Moroc­can women. Ben­nani’s in­stal­la­tion, ti­tled Ghariba/

Stranger, will take place at Art Dubai Bar, where there will be a line-up of DJs on March 15 and 16.

Add a sur­real touch to your Art Dubai ex­pe­ri­ence with Plaisirs Supremes ,a five-night pop-up at Inked, Alserkal Av­enue, from March 13-18. In­spired by Sal­vador Dali’s cook­book The Les Din­ers de Galais, the din­ing event will of­fer recipes from Dali’s book and other Dali-in­spired creations. The event is part of the Art Dubai project The Room: Cook­ing Lib­erty. Plaisirs Supremes starts at 8pm but Inked will be open to the pub­lic for view­ing be­fore 7pm. Dh475 per person, in­clud­ing a five-course din­ner and soft drinks. Guests should book be­fore­hand at

81 De­signs, an ini­tia­tive that will kick start on March 17 with a talk with eL Seed, a ‘cal­ligraf­fiti’ artist renowned for his spray­paint mu­rals that mix tra­di­tional Ara­bic cal­lig­ra­phy and graf­fiti, is set to show­case art­works recre­ated by women refugees by us­ing an­cient tech­niques passed down from through gen­er­a­tions (left). The ini­tia­tive is aimed at em­pow­er­ing fe­male refugees by pro­vid­ing them with jobs based on their skills. A short doc­u­men­tary will also be shown as part of the event, held at Julius Baer Lounge in Mad­i­nat Jumeirah from 5-6.30pm.

Mad­i­nat Jumeirah events are from 4pm-9:30pm on March 16, from 2-9.30pm on March 17, and from noon-6.30pm on March 18. Tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line for Dh50 at 800tick­, or at the venue for Dh80. Those un­der 18 years old and stu­dents with valid iden­ti­fi­ca­tion get free en­try; art­


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