Art Dubai Fair
Art Dubai Fair: Middle East’s Leading International Art Event
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Art Dubai Fair, one of the major events on the international arts scene and the main platform for art from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, has been a huge success and finished on March 5.

Art Dubai’s weekend programme started on March 3 and ran until Sunday March 5. Visitors at the beautiful Madinat Jumeirah were able to discover 130 gallery exhibitions showcasing contemporary, modern and digital art as well as a wide-ranging talks programme, Global Art Forum, daily performances, installations and Art Dubai After Dark.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Art Dubai, 2023. Courtesy of the artist and The Third Line gallery

Art Dubai’s gallery spaces included four main sections: Contemporary, Modern and Global South (or Bawwaba), and Residents. Contemporary section was represented by commercial galleries, which are operating on the primary market. Contemporary gallery included a wide range of art works: paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, theatre performances, video and photography.

Art Dubai’s Modern section featured displays by 10 artists, who have played a fundamental role in the art of the last decades. Curators of this section, Lorezo Giusti and Mouna Mekouar, chose a diverse set of artistic personalities.

Artworks by Kour Pour, Gallery 1957, Art Dubai 2023. Courtesy Rawaa Talass

A new, young, brave generation of painters from the Global South showed their art works at the fair this year. This presentation reflected the situation with contemporary art here and now and showed interesting tendencies for the future. This section showed current artistic developments from the regions of the Middle East, Africa, Central and South Asia as well as Latin America.

This year, the programme included the second edition of Art Dubai Digital, which supports the idea of Dubai’s rapid emergence as a global digital and crypto hub. Dubai’s institutions, galleries and platforms are driving innovation in this fast-moving sector. Art Dubai Digital this year featured over 20 new media presentations, including AR/VR experiences, immersive installations as well as interactive digital objects. This show demonstrated how digital and new media art is constantly evolving as technology changes.

A view of Experimenter’s booth, Art Dubai 2023. Courtesy of Experimenter

The programme of the fair included a very interesting “Residents” section, which showed art works from a four-week residency programme for the multidisciplinary gallery artists from all over the world. 

One can learn more about the fair on its official website.