Buro 24/7 Guide: The Abu Dhabi Art Fair
Running from November 5–8
For the next four days, the sixth edition of Abu Dhabi Art (ADA) will take place at Manarat Al Saadiyat and the Pavilion on Saadiyat Island. Exhibiting a selection of modern and contemporary art galleries from around the world, ADA will also feature an interactive public program me that celebrates the cultural diversity of the region – aiming to strengthen Abu Dhabi's creative platform and cultural landscape.
"There are 50 galleries and 600 artists, which are exhibiting in six different sections of the fair," said Rita Aoun-Abdo, executive director of the Cultural Sector of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA), organiser of the ADA.
Calling all artists, collectors and culture enthusiasts, the ADA remains a niche event, as in the past six years the fair space is booked by art galleries rather than artists – who are free to present whichever artworks or art they feel fit for the ADA art buyers and visitors.
Now in its sixth year, Buro 24/7 Middle East highlights the best galleries and artists to look out for whilst scoping out the latest creations in the field of art:
The ADA consists of six art sections, which include the main exhibition area for galleries and 'Bidaya', an exhibition area dedicated to emerging galleries, which this year features the Taymour Grahne gallery from New York. The Taymour Grahne will be exhibiting works by Nodjoumi, the Kuwaiti-Palestinian Tarek Al Ghoussein and Fayçal Baghriche from Algeria.
Alongside 'Bidaya', is 'Signature', another exhibition space dedicated to emerging artists. 'Artists' Waves' will also be present with works by 14 established and up-and-coming artists, who will be present at the ADA along with their artworks, and ready to interact with this year's visitors.
Just outside the main indoor galleries, there is 'Beyond', a space dedicated to oversized artworks that reach beyond the structural space of the gallery walls. "For the first time at the fair, the Beyond sections will be extended with exhibits at different locations throughout the city. The public exhibitions will be for six months and we hope this is the beginning of a wider initiative in the coming years to introduce public art in Abu Dhabi," stated Aoun-Abdo.
Out of the 50 galleries participating, several will be hailing from from the UAE including XVA, Salwa Zeidan, The Third Line, Lawrie Shabibi, Ayyam Gallery and Meem, which will be showing a selection "of exemplary art from the Middle East and North Africa region" said Meagan Kelly Horsman, the gallery's business development director.
Also opening, will be the pioneering Guggenheim Abu Dhabi – from November 5 through to January 19 – Seeing Through The Light: Selections is a key highlight in the ADA schedule, and aims to promote a transcultural perspective on art history. Discover more about that here.
Aside from the innovative artworks, ADA will feature a daily public forum that aims to introduce audiences to the expanding community of cultural-world figures who are working together to grow the country's art scene. This year the programme falls under the title 'The Life of the Modern Museums', and will include a myriad of discussions about the museums coming to Saadiyat Island.
With less than a year before the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi, the ADA has invited the museum's renowned architect, Jean Nouvel, to be part of an art talk panel on the topic of 'Museums as Sites for New Experiences'. Guggenheim Abu Dhabi's art collection will also be another topic of discussion during ADA's talks.
Highlight Timings for Auditorium talks:
*'Louvre Abu Dhabi Talking Art Series: Museums as Sites for New Experiences' takes place on Wednesday November 4 at 15:00.
*'Curating a National Pavilion' takes place on Thursday November 6 at 16:30.
*'UAE Patrons and Collectors' takes place on Thursday November 5 at 14:30.
*'Fakes and Looted Art in Middle Eastern Art Market' takes place on Saturday November 5 at 14:30.
Additionally, the now famous 'Art, Talks and Sensations' presented every year at the fair will be taking place, and will be filling Saadiyat Island with art performances, poetry, visual and sound installations, film and even philosophy.
French art editor and curator Fabrice Bousteau has even created the 'Hours and Colours' show, every hour of every day of the fair there will be a spectacular art performance associated with a specific colour and its matching symbols – for each hour there will be a different colour.
Highlight Timings for Plaza performances:
*'Hours and Colours – The Blue Hour: Blue, A True Colour in Art' takes place at 18:00 and will take place everyday at the same time until November 8.
Abu Dhabi Art will be running from November 5–8 at Manarat Al Saadiyat and is open from 15:00–22:00 on weekdays and 14:oo–22:00 at the weekend. For more information visit abudhabiartfair.ae