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What not to miss this year at Abu Dhabi Art

Now in its seventh edition, we can’t wait to head back to this annual unique art event taking place in Abu Dhabi from the 18th to the 21st of November 2015 at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

Organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (Abu Dhabi TCA) the event presents a unique art fair with the world’s leading modern and contemporary art galleries. There will also be an extended program of talks, discussions, workshops and performances to attend.

Curious about what awaits us this year? Read on and check our highlights.

The Art Fair

This year, Abu Dhabi Art is back featuring 40 established galleries from Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East. A mix between exceptional artworks from emerging artists with iconic pieces we are so lucky to discover the best of the art scene at our doorstep for a few days.

The Abu Dhabi Art Fair will be divided in 5 different sections:
– Modern, Contemporary and design Galleries
Signature, with galleries presenting their emerging artists
Beyond, a section with sculptures, large-scale installations,
Bidaya, which means ‘ beginning’ in Arabic, and will highlight one emerging gallery,
Artists’ Waves, an artist-led exhibition.


Abu Dhabi Art’s Bliss

Bliss is a programme of live and interactive performances by the context and dynamism of Abu Dhabi. Don’t miss the screenings of JR’s new film Les Bosquets inspired by French ghettos and the New York City Ballet. Premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2015, this short piece features dancer Lil Buck, and different musicians including Pharrell Williams and Woodkid.

The Abu Dhabi Art Programme

This is a unique chance to enjoy talks, panels, discussions, workshops, design presentations and much more. Check the detailed program here and just register online ahead of the event to attend some of these events.

The panel discussion on our radar is led by Richard Armstrong, Museum Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum; and Louvre curators; moderated by Anna Somers Cocks, The Art Newspaper Founder and CEO, and introduced by the philosopher Peter Sloterdijk.

‘Exploring the concept of museums in the 21st century, the discussion will highlight the narratives and discourses of the Saadiyat Cultural District museums, and their public outreach programmes and initiatives that connect with the wider city and communities of the United Arab Emirates and the region.’

Architecture Statement

Fans of architecture should not miss the discussion led by Jean Nouvel on the Rain of Light, the now completed dome of the upcoming Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum set to open by the end of 2016.

The Design Programme

The Design Programme will present the outcomes of the Design Lab workshop.  Students and graduates develop their architecture skills through a visual urban analysis of Abu Dhabi exploring the converging worlds of consumption and production.

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Entrance to Abu Dhabi Art is complimentary. Registration is required and can be done online here from the 20th of October 2015.

Abu Dhabi Art Opening Hours
Wednesday 18 November | 3pm – 10pm
Thursday 19 November | 3pm – 10pm
Friday 20 November | 2pm – 10pm
Saturday 21 November | 2pm – 10pm

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