Dubai: The 15th edition of Art Dubai will feature newly commissioned and site-specific works by internationally renowned artists and a unique new digital section that will serve as a bridge between the world of crypto and art, among other highlights , it was announced today.

Groundbreaking group exhibitions and an ambitious multi-pronged conference programme, including the 15th edition of the Global Art Forum, will be part of the event taking place at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, from March 11-13. The previews will take place on March 9 and 10.

Welcoming over 100 exhibitors from 44 countries, including over 30 new exhibitors, Art Dubai 2022 will be the fair’s largest edition to date and one of the very few major international art events to take place this spring, have organizers said. .

“The 2022 event further reinforces Dubai’s emergence as an international hub for art and culture and a major contributor to conversations about contemporary art.”

Across the United Arab Emirates, for Art Dubai Week, the country’s leading institutions will present a parallel program of major solo and group exhibitions, talks and events.

Pablo del Val, Artistic Director of Art Dubai, said: “For more than 15 years, Art Dubai has been a place to discover and celebrate new trends, create and facilitate conversations and celebrate the strength of creative production in the countries from South. This year’s program places particular emphasis on the intersection of the physical and digital realms, and represents what is our most ambitious and extensive program to date.

Art Dubai is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. The event is organized in partnership with ARM Holding with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) as the fair’s strategic partner.

The modern section of Art Dubai will be accompanied by three days of Art Dubai Modern Talks, from March 10-12.
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New exhibition

Art Dubai will open a new exhibition this year commissioned by and in partnership with Warehouse421 and Salama Bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship (SEAF). Organized by Maryam Al Dabbagh and Mays Albaik, this exhibition will present a selection of works from the eight years of the scholarship.

Julius Baer commissioned Filipino-American light and media artist James Clar (Silverlens) to create an interactive video installation titled Cloud Seed, for the fair’s Julius Baer lounge. Through the commission, Julius Baer wants to show the emergence of mega trends such as digital disruption and how artists are using advanced technology in their practice.

The 2022 itinerary

Art Dubai’s commission for 2022 is INLAND, represented by Fernando Garcia-Dory, who will present a new multi-site installation at the fair and in a variety of locations in Dubai.

Sand Flow will manifest in a range of places and times, combining visions of Dubai’s past, present and future and examining how the multiplicity of cultures and communities inhabit the city and their contributions to it. The artwork will incorporate archaeology, hydrology, urban planning and transportation as well as the rich traditions of oral storytelling, heritage and craftsmanship of the Middle East.

A new fair section exploring the worlds of digital art and NFT will examine the context in which NFT, cryptocurrency, video art and virtual reality (VR) have developed since the rise of art digital art in the 1980s, including those that paved the way into the rapidly expanding digital art space.


Art Dubai Digital will feature a curated selection of 17 leading international galleries and platforms, and will include presentations from some of the most exciting and innovative artists working in the digital space today, including Refik Anadol (Pilevneli) and Uta Bekaia and Denis Davydov (Window Project) as well as multi-artist presentations by Institut, Bright Moments, DAO Fingerprints, Postmasters, Emergeast and Cyber ​​Baat.

COSMODREAMS, an interactive installation by Marina Fedorova, will explore the effects of technological advances on our lives and our environment. The installation combines traditional art and digital technologies in the form of large-scale paintings, sculptures, life-size objects and virtual reality videos with interactive panels. Art Dubai Digital will also include an exhibition of new NFTs created by the 12 UAE-based and international artists taking part in this year’s expanded edition of Campus Art Dubai.

Innovative conferences

Art Dubai’s 2022 program will feature an innovative lecture program for a wide range of audiences. Entitled “This is the Picture” and taking place over four days, the 15th edition of the Global Art Forum will examine the worlds of digital artifacts and crypto-economies, inviting leading artists, curators, creators, thinkers and technologists plan to examine a range of topics from non-fungible token (NFT) art and custody projects, to crypto games and the metaverse, to Web 3.0 and the New Dubai Crypto Zone. Confirmed participants for 2022 will include renowned collectors Guy Ullens and Ryan Zurrer, and pioneering artists Holly Herndon & Mat Dryhurst and Hito Steyerl, and UAE blockchain advocate Saeed Al Darmaki.

Bybit Talks, an eclectically curated series of conversations presented by the incumbent and leading cryptocurrency exchange, will provide visitors with insight into the rapid growth of digital platforms, featuring guest speakers to further explain the basics of crypto -currency, digital media and NFT art. Attendees will include Tamas Banovich, co-founder of Postmasters; Seth Goldstein, co-founder of Bright Moments and Jenn Ellis, co-founder of Aora Space.

Modern Section

The modern section of Art Dubai will be accompanied by three days of Art Dubai Modern Talks (March 10-12), in collaboration with The Dubai Collection, which will examine the life, work and influences of 20th century modern masters from Middle East and North Africa. . The works of these important artists form the art history of the region from the early 20th century to the 1980s and the series will add significantly to existing scholarship and research. Participants will include Art Dubai Modern curator Sam Bardaouil, Emirati lead curator Munira Al Sayegh and Nima Sagharchi, director of Middle Eastern, Islamic and South Asian art at Bonhams.

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Art Dubai Digital will showcase a curated selection of 17 leading international galleries and platforms.
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Children’s program

This year’s ARM Holding children’s program will feature artist-led workshops for children ages 5-17. With a focus on sustainability, the program will be led by Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru, who will work with participants to salvage and reuse everyday materials from their homes and schools and turn them into works of art.

The first ARM Holding children’s program will take place at Art Dubai before expanding to take place in 80 schools, reaching more than 5,000 children in Dubai.

Around town – Art Dubai Week

Art Dubai Week takes place during the final month of Expo 2020 Dubai with a series of solo and group exhibitions across the city. Highlights include: Jitish Kallat: Order of Magnitude at the Ishara Foundation; A Slightly Curving Place, curated by Nina Ghouse, at Concrete, Alserkal Avenue; two major solo exhibitions: Taus Makhacheva: A Space of Celebration and Fahd Burki: Daydreams at the Jameel Arts Centre. The Sharjah Art Foundation will present Lawrence Abu Hamdan: The Sonic, the artist’s largest solo exhibition to date, featuring a major new Air Conditioning commission and a site-specific performance. When Images Speak: Highlights from the Dubai Collection continues at the Etihad Museum, with a selection of nearly 70 modern and contemporary works of art drawn from the collections of 11 patrons of the Dubai Collection, the first institutional art collection of its kind .