Abu Dhabi Art kicks off 11th edition with special VIP opening

Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, the 11th edition of Abu Dhabi Art held a special VIP preview opening event at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Tuesday 19 November, ahead of the fair’s public opening.

The exclusive launch ceremony was attended by HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi; HE Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, UAE Minister of State; HE Mohammed Al Murr, Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library; HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi; HE Mubarak Al-Nakhi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development and HE Sheikh Salem Al Qasimi, Assistant Undersecretary for the Arts and Heritage Sector at the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.

Abu Dhabi Art will be open to the general public from 21-23 November, with this year’s edition seeing participation from 50 leading galleries from across the world. Visitors can also enjoy two specially curated sections: New Horizons offers curated gallery sectors which explore Chinese and Indian art, while Focus: Drawing, Tracing, Mapping, curated again this year by Dr. Omar Kholeif, will explore maps, unique cartographies, dreams and the imagination.

Abu Dhabi Art 2019 once again offers an exciting and engaging public programme, with the leading art fair presenting a series of stimulating talks on such topics as the role of art and cultural identity, rising Contemporary art centres and the perspective of new artistic generations. The programme will also feature daily performances, workshops and master classes that will provide visitors with the opportunity to engage with participating artists and learn more about their experiences.


Gateway, Abu Dhabi Art’s annual visual art exhibition, will invite a unique curatorial perspective from guest curator Paolo Colombo. The Beyond: Artist Commissions programme will present large-scale sculptures and installations, by international artists Oliver Beer and Leandro Erlich, at heritage sites across the emirate; while Emirati artists Ayesha Hadhir, Rawdha Khalifa Al Ketbi and Shaikha Fahad Al Ketbi will present their work through the Beyond: Emerging Artists initiative.

Tickets are now available for Abu Dhabi Art 2019 and can be purchased for 55 AED. Visitors can also purchase tickets for the opening reception on November 20, which includes access to all other regular days, for 100 AED. All tickets include complimentary access to the talks programme. Complimentary tickets are also available for students (university and school students) and for children.

To keep up-to-date on Abu Dhabi Art’s year-round programme, visit www.abudhabiart.ae and follow Abu Dhabi Art on social media channels: FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Tickets are exclusively available via Ticketmaster. To book a tour, please contact: [email protected].

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