Abu Dhabi Art Fair Announces Its Largest Show Yet – Gulf News | Candle Made Easy

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.

The fair will also welcome esteemed art historian Rachida Triki, gallerist Jade Yeşim Turanlı and art journalist Riccarda Mandrini as this year’s guest curators and collaborators for galleries. The 14th edition of the fair will be held in Manarat Al Saadiyat from November 16th to 20th and will present artists from North Africa, Turkey and the wider region.

geoningThe Abu Dhabi Art Fair has established itself as an influential annual platform for the Bur 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.

Returning Participants

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. The range of local, regional and international galleries from countries such as Italy, Colombia, South Korea, Denmark and India allows visitors to discover a wide range of artworks from both established and emerging artists.

Notable guests

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 as 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 gallerist Turanli and journalist Mandrini as guest curators for the fair, each bringing a number of new galleries. Turanli will focus on galleries and artists from Turkey, including first-time exhibitors Dirimart and Galeri Nev Istanbul, while Mandrini will bring together galleries from around the world with diverse programmes, including galleries Mazzoleni, P420 and Dep Art Gallery.


“Since its inception in 2007, Abu Dhabi Art has played a vital role in the arts ecosystem in Abu Dhabi and the wider Emirates, fueling the region’s appetite for art. Over the years, we have managed not only to strengthen the growth of the country’s cultural and creative industries, but also to promote local talent. By collaborating with guest curators such as Rachida Triki, Jade Yeşim Turanlı and Riccarda Mandrini, we also continue to enable the presence of different 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,” said Dyala Nusseibeh, Director of Abu Dhabi Art.

“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,” said Triki.

“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,” said Mandrini.

“Last year I was blown away by my visit to the extraordinary Abu Dhabi Art Fair and the energy it generates in the UAE. The fair is very diverse in terms of content and appeals to a wide audience. For this edition, six Turkish galleries will be exhibiting exceptional works by established and emerging Turkiye artists. The selected galleries are both local and international pioneers and cover a whole spectrum of art,” said Turanli.

Participating Galleries

The Modern and Contemporary section of the fair includes 44 participating galleries this year, including: Agial Art Gallery (Lebanon), Aicon Contemporary (USA), Archer Art Gallery (India), Aria Gallery (Iran), Artside Gallery (South Korea). , Aurora Vigil-Escalera Art Gallery (Spain), Azad Art Gallery (Egypt), Bernier/Eliades (Greece), Ceysson & Benetiere (France), Colnaghi (USA), Custot Gallery Dubai (UAE), Dastan Gallery (Iran) , Dirimart (Turkey), Elmarsa (UAE), Etihad Modern Art Gallery (UAE), Galeria La Cometa (Colombia), Galerie Isa (India), Galería Yusto/Giner (Spain), GALLERIA CONTINUA (Italy), Gallery One (Palestine) , Gallery Tableau (South Korea), Giorgio Persano (Italy), Grosvenor Gallery (UK), Hafez Gallery (Saudi Arabia), Hunar Gallery (UAE), Keumsan Gallery (South Korea), Lawrie Shabibi (UAE), LEE & BAE ( South Korea), Leehwaik Gallery (South Korea), Leila Heller Gallery (UAE), Maxima Gallery (Cuba), Mono Gallery (Saudi Arabia), October Gallery (UK), Perrotin (France), Rossi & Rossi (Hong Kong), Sabrina Amrani Gallery (Spain), Salwa Zeidan Gallery (UAE), Sapar Contemporary (USA), Sanatorium (Turkey), Tabari Artspace (UAE), Thomas Brambilla Gallery (Italy), Wadi Finan Art Gallery (Jordan), Zawyeh Gallery (UAE) and Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery (Luxembourg).

A further 37 galleries will present curated booths in categories such as Special Projects, Focus and Emerge. Participating galleries include: 1×1 Art Gallery (UAE), Afriart Gallery (Uganda), AGorgi Gallery (Tunisia), Aisha Alabbar Gallery (UAE), Anant Art Gallery (India), ATHR (Saudi Arabia), Bernier/Eliades ( Greece). ), Carbon 12 (UAE), Dep Art Gallery (Italy), El Yasmine Gallery D’art (Algeria), Gallery La La Lande (France), Gallery Mikael Andersen (Denmark), Gallery Venise Cadre (Morocco), Gallery owner (Turkiye ), Galeri Nev İstanbul (Turkiye), Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio (Italy), Gallery Espace (India), Green Art Gallery (UAE), In Situ – fabienne leclerc (France), Khalifa Gallery (South Korea), kó (Nigeria), La Galerie 38 (Morocco), Le Violon Bleu Gallery (Tunisia), LIS10 Gallery (Italy), Mazzoleni (United Kingdom), Musk and Amber Gallery (Tunisia), Öktem Aykut (Turkiye), Osart Gallery (Italy), P420 (Italy) , Pi Artworks (Turkiye), rhizome (Algeria), Salwa Zeidan Gallery (UAE), SARAI Gallery (SARADIPOUR) (Iran), Tabari Artspace (UAE), The Guild (India), The Third Line (UAE) and THK Gallery ( Like Africa).

In addition to the physical fair, Abu Dhabi Art will again offer collectors a virtual platform to explore works this year.

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