Art Dubai 2017 announces full programme and line-up
After the resounding success of its 10th anniversary show this year, Art Dubai has cemented itself as the art event in the region. For next year's edition, the fair comes under new stewardship with Myrna Ayad taking over as Fair Director welcoming with her the most diverse line-up in its history. With over 90 galleries from 44 countries set to participate, Ayad says: "We are delighted to welcome new galleries and countries presenting for the first time, alongside lots of returning friends of the fair. It's also fantastic to be working with the team to drive forward what has always been the cultural powerhouse of the region."
As per previous editions, Art Dubai 2017 will be divided into programming and exhibitions, which will be further sub-divided into Modern and Contemporary art movements. While the Contemporary collections will see 77 participating regional and international galleries including New York's Marianne Boesky Gallery, London's Waddington Custot, Jeddah's Athr Gallery and Tehran's Mohsen Gallery, the Modern section focuses specifically on leading artists from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, providing an international platform for masters such as Egyptian Mamdouh Ammar and Iranian Hadi Hazavei.
Art Dubai's traditional suite of programmes – Global Art Forum, Abraaj Group Prize, Art Dubai Commissions and the Fellowship Programme – are set for an exciting return as well. The Global Art Forum in 2017 will be held under the theme Trading Places while Art Dubai Commissions will include special performances by international artists including Manuel Pelmus and Lana Fahmi.
One of the most popular events at the 2016 edition was The Wedding Project and next year's Art Dubai will build on this success with the introduction of Green Sea Gardens. Moroccan artist Meriem Bennani is set to create a special installation in which diners can immerse in a full-sensory experience through dining.
Art Dubai 2017 will run from March 15-18 at Madinat Jumeirah. Also, don't miss the Reconnecting exhibition at London's P21 Gallery.