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Abu Dhabi Art Announces Participating Galleries For 10th Edition

Abu Dhabi Art is pleased to announce that 43 established and emerging galleries, from 19 countries across Europe, Asia, North America, and the Middle East will present modern and contemporary works at the 2018 edition of the fair. Abu Dhabi Art will take place at Manarat Al Saadiyat from 14th – 17th November 2018 and will gather gallerists, artists, collectors, curators, museum directors and critics from across the globe.

Abu Dhabi Art 2018 will feature a group of global galleries presenting some of the most important artists of the last half-century. Galleries returning to Abu Dhabi Art this year include ATHR (Jeddah), Ceysson & Bénétière (Paris), GALLERIA CONTINUA (San Giminiano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Habana), Giorgio Persano (Turin), and Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong). New participants include Galerie Mitterand (Paris), Galerie Isa (Mumbai) and Plutschow Gallery (Zurich).

In a dedicated galleries section curated by Dr Omar Kholeif, Focus: Icons will consider the key voices that have not only shaped and influenced contemporary art over the last five decades, but also those individuals who are setting precedents, and paving the way for future generations of artists through their diverse set of practices. The eight participating galleries in Focus: Icons and their represented artists include: Thomas Ruff and Jenny Holzer by Sprüth Magers Gallery (London, Berlin, Los Angeles), James Turrell by Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Los Angeles), Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and Rana Begum by The Third Line Gallery (Dubai), Huguette Caland by Galerie Janine Rubeiz (Lebanon), Mona Saudi by Lawrie Shabibi (Dubai), Michael Rakowitz by Pi Artworks (Istanbul, London), Ahmed Morsi by Gypsum Gallery (Cairo), and Mohammed Kazem by Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde (Dubai).

Abu Dhabi Art 2018 will also see the return of the Special Projects exhibiting category, encouraging participating galleries to focus on a curated presentation of either a single artist or two artists. Participants in this category include Plutschow Gallery with a presentation of the Zero movement German artists Otto Piene and Heinz Mack, Aicon Gallery with a focus on Anila Quayyum Agha, Hafez Gallery presenting Ibrahim El Dessouki and Mohamed Mandour, Le Violon Bleu presenting Farid Belkahia and Abderrazek Sahli and Meem Gallery presenting Zhivago Duncan amongst others.

Dyala Nusseibeh, Director, Abu Dhabi Art said: “Over the last ten years Abu Dhabi Art has evolved into an innovative fair showcasing some of the world’s most exciting established and emerging artists. We have seen private collector sales increase significantly thanks to the long-term commitment of our returning galleries and look forward to welcoming new participants and connecting them with these dynamic changes too. The fair has expanded from an annual exhibit to a permanent platform that offers year-long programming including solo gallery shows throughout the year and public art commissions. This is testament to the vibrant growth of the thriving creative community in the UAE that Abu Dhabi Art serves and to the global forum that the fair has fast become.”

In addition to the gallery programme, Abu Dhabi Art 2018 will present a series of stimulating cultural talks on the circulation of art and the global and local perspectives on new art market economies, curated by Nada Shabout and Salwa Mikdadi. Offering visitors and collectors the opportunity to engage with contemporary performance art through the sixth edition of Durub Al-Tawaya, Abu Dhabi Art’s performing arts programme is curated once again by Tarek Abou El-Fetouh. Gateway, the visual art exhibition that launches during Abu Dhabi Art and invites a unique curatorial perspective from a guest curator each year, will be curated in 2018 by Hammad Nasar. Entitled Structures of Meaning | Architectures of Perception, the exhibition considers artworks as structures through which meaning accumulates. Renowned Emirati artist Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim will also be presenting a section entitled Beyond: Emerging Artists and Abu Dhabi Art has commissioned three more artists to create site-specific works across Al Ain’s cultural sites.


Modern & Contemporary:

Agial Art Gallery



Ayyam Gallery


Cuadro Fine Art Gallery

Custot Gallery


Galerie Brigitte Schenk

Galerie Isa

Galerie Janine Rubeiz

Galerie Mitterrand


Gazelli Art House

Giorgio Persano

Hafez Gallery

Hanart TZ Gallery

Hunar Gallery

Le Violon Bleu

Leehwaik Gallery

Leila Heller Gallery

October Gallery

Officine dell’Immagine

Salwa Zeidan Gallery

Shirin Gallery

The Park Gallery

Zawyeh Gallery

Special Projects:

Aicon Gallery

Etihad Modern Art Gallery

Gallery Lee & Bae

Leila Heller Gallery

Lisson Gallery

Meem Gallery

Naqsh Collective

Pi Artworks

Plutschow Gallery

Sfeir-Semler Gallery

Focus: Icons

Galerie Janine Rubeiz

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

Gypsum Gallery

Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Lawrie Shabibi

Pi Artworks

Sprüth Magers

The Third Line

For more information on Abu Dhabi Art 2018, visit abudhabiart.ae and follow Abu Dhabi Art on social media: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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