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Art Dubai 2019 day two

22 March @ 12.00 pm - 9.30 pm

AED 90

Day two of rhe region’s biggest art fair, with works by more than 500 artists exhibited by 90+ galleries from 40+ countries. 

The meat of the fair remains Art Dubai Contemporary, 59 galleries now arranged across two halls. Art Dubai Modern is the smaller area for museum-quality works by 20th Century masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa; for this year it’s been moved from the Mina A’Salam to the main gallery halls alongside Art Dubai Contemporary. There are 11 galleries exhibiting under Art Dubai Modern. Residents – Art Dubai’s unique annual residency programme – returns for 2019 with a dozen artists from Latin American galleries creating new art for Art Dubai. The Campus Art Dubai artists (which this year are Dima Srouji, Augustine Paredes, Jumairy and Mohamed Khalid) also get their own group show. 

The new sections are Bawwaba (Arabic for ‘gateway’) with 10 solo presentations by artists from, based in, or focused on the Middle East, Africa, Central and South Asia and Latin America; and UAE NOW, highlighting five of the country’s independent local artist-run platforms. Campus Art Dubai is the first and only programme of its kind in the UAE, an intensive six-month seminar and residency programme providing Emirati and UAE-based artists with the opportunity to develop their practices with training and mentorship and to show their work during Art Week.

Talks, tours and workshops have been an essential part of Art Dubai’s cultural programming since 2007. The headliner here is the Global Art Forum, an annual cross-disciplinary arts conference that has achieved genuine international recognition for combining original thinking and contemporary issues. This year’s theme is ‘School is a Factory’ and uses panels and presentations from a wide range of contributors – from curators and critics to educationalists and entrepreneurs – to address some of the challenges and opportunities in education today. It runs for two days (20-21 March), is open to the public (including non-ticket holders), and is free to attend.

The other conference is the day-long Art Dubai Modern Symposium on 22 March. Under the title ‘Cultural Hubs of Modernism’, it aims to map out the cultural shifts and trends instigated by modernity in four key cities in the Middle East and South Asia during the 20th century via a new 60-minute ‘masterclass’ format. Dr Nada Shabout, professor and founding president of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey, presents ‘Performing Modernity: Baghdad of the Mid-twentieth Century’; Dr Iftikhar Dadi, professor and co-director of the Institute for Comparative Modernitiés, discusses ‘Modern Art in Lahore’; Elvira Dyangani Ose, director of The Showroom, London, will lecture on Dakar; and Catherine David, deputy director of the National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Georges Pompidou, delivers a session on Beirut.

Tickets are AED 90 onsite, AED 60 online … but magpie readers can save 25 percent on advance tickets (and you can buy any number of them). Go to the ticket info page here, click BUY TICKETS to get to the 800TICKETS page, click BUY NOW and enter the date you want. Go to the PROMO CODE box for one- or three-day passes and enter the code MAGPIE50 (it’s case-sensitive). Click the arrow and the price should change; enter the number of tickets you want and ADD TO CART. This deal is valid until 20 March.

Above: Dia Azzawi, Sleeping Gypsy (2017). Showing at Meem Gallery


22 March
12.00 pm - 9.30 pm
AED 90
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