The 14th edition of Abu Dhabi Art will take place from November 16th to 20th
Abu Dhabi Art has announced its largest edition yet, with this year’s diverse gallery offering featuring a record-breaking 78 galleries from 27 countries. Abu Dhabi Art will also welcome esteemed art historian Rachida Triki, gallerist Jade Yeşim Turanlı and art journalist Riccarda Mandrini as this year’s guest curators and collaborating gallery partners at the fair.
The 14th edition of the fair, which will be held in Manarat Al Saadiyat from November 16th to 20th, will highlight artists from North Africa, Türkiye and the wider region.
The Abu Dhabi Art Fair has established itself as an influential annual platform for the burgeoning MENASA art scene, connecting galleries and artists from different geographical areas with collectors, art lovers and visitors from the region and beyond. The annual art fair in November is the culmination of Abu Dhabi Art’s year-round visual arts programme.
Last year’s hugely successful fair has resulted in a record number of 45 galleries returning for the 2022 event while attracting the participation of 33 new galleries, demonstrating the international art world’s confidence in the post-Covid region. Coming from countries around the world – including Italy, Colombia, South Korea, Denmark and India – the series of local, regional and international galleries offers visitors the opportunity to discover a wide range of artworks by both established and emerging artists.
Following the tradition of collaborating with distinguished art professionals to highlight relevant contemporary issues in an engaging way, Abu Dhabi Art has invited art historian, philosophy professor and curator Triki to be guest curator of this year’s Focus section under the theme New Tomorrows. The section will spotlight galleries and artists from North Africa and examine the artistic development of the region.
Abu Dhabi Art has also appointed Pi Artworks gallery owner Turanlı and journalist Mandrini as guest curators for the fair, each bringing a number of new galleries. Turanlı will focus on galleries and artists from Türkiye, including first-time exhibitors Dirimart and Galeri Nev İstanbul, while Mandrini will bring together galleries from around the world with diverse programs, including galleries Mazzoleni, P420 and Dep Art Gallery.
Dyala Nusseibeh, Director of Abu Dhabi Art, said: “Since the first fair in 2007, Abu Dhabi Art has played an integral role in the arts ecosystem in Abu Dhabi and the wider Emirates, fueling the region’s appetite for art. Over the years, we have not only succeeded in strengthening the growth of the country’s cultural and creative industries, but also in promoting local talent. By collaborating with guest curators such as Rachida Triki, Jade Yeşim Turanlı and Riccarda Mandrini, we continue to enable the presence of diverse perspectives at the fair and ensure that Abu Dhabi Art continues to be a place of discovery for our art collectors and the general public.”
Triki said: “As curator of this year’s Focus section, I have had the pleasure of bringing together vibrant galleries showcasing the work of established and emerging artists from the North African region. The works were chosen based on the theme of the section, which combines heritage and new creation as a continuous rebirth for New Tomorrows.”
Mandrini said: “For this section I wanted to bring together a diverse group of galleries and artists from different historical eras and regions. The artworks presented by the galleries create an open narrative and a shared dialogue, writing a new page in art history that we as individuals, regardless of our cultural and geographic affiliations, can feel a part of.”
Abu Dhabi Art will provide more details on the show programs, industry themes and events planned for this edition in the months leading up to the show.