The 11th edition of Abu Dhabi Art opens this week

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, Abu Dhabi Art will open to the public on November 21 at Manarat Al Saadiyat, with the 2019 edition welcoming 50 leading galleries from across the world as well as presenting an exciting and engaging public programme.

Members of the local and international press were given a preview of the fair in an event hosted by Dyala Nusseibeh, Director of Abu Dhabi Art, on November 18. The event also featured this edition’s curators and commissioned artists, who offered insight into the various exhibitions, artworks and performances on offer throughout the fair.

“Abu Dhabi Art 2019 has brought together incredibly inspiring artists, curators, gallerists and cultural practitioners whose unique perspectives and voices will doubtless resonate with our visitors,” said Nusseibeh. “From insights into the Contemporary art scene in diverse geographies through to site-specific commissions at historic sites, loans from the Al Ain Museum through to an enigmatic world created in the auditorium by our emerging artists, the fair and programming offers many moments of discovery and contemplation. We are grateful for the contributions of all the participants and creators of Abu Dhabi Art this year.”

The globally-renowned art fair will present a series of stimulating cultural talks on the role of art and cultural identity, rising contemporary arts centres and the perspective of new artistic generations, amongst other topics. Additionally, it will 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.


Curated by internationally renowned curator Paolo Colombo, Gateway, the visual art exhibition that invites a unique curatorial perspective from a guest curator each year, explores the relevance that everyday objects from archaeological finds may have on stories that artists narrate in their practice today. Entitled Fragments, Yesterday & Today this year, this exhibition has been generously loaned a number of objects from Al Ain Museum that function as keystones.

The annual programme Beyond: Artist Commissions will present large-scale sculptures and installations across the Emirate. The artists commissioned for the 2019 programme are Leandro Erlich and Oliver Beer, whose work will be unveiled during the art fair and exhibited for two months afterwards at key locations across Abu Dhabi.

Emirati artists Ayesha Hadhir, Rawdha Khalifa Al Ketbi and Shaikha Fahad Al Ketbi will also be presenting their work through Beyond: Emerging Artists, which is curated by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian. The three artists undertook a year-long programme with the curators, and have chosen the sea, the desert and abandoned urban spaces as their creative environment to explore further. The works will be on display until 9 February 2020.

Abu Dhabi Art 2019 will also feature New Horizons, curated gallery sectors which explore Asian Contemporary art curated by Jerome Sans, who is bringing leading contemporary galleries and artists from China to the fair. The programme also includes a focus on galleries from India invited by gallerist Ashwin Thadani.

Additionally, Dr Omar Kholeif returns for a third year with his curated exhibition Focus: Drawing, Tracing, Mapping, which will engage galleries and artists who explore the practice of drawing as a starting point to consider the divergent ways artists use to map unique cartographies, dreams and the imagination.

For the second consecutive year, French jewellery brand Maison Boucheron is supporting the leading art fair as official partner, in line with its commitment to creativity and design. For the occasion, the Maison’s latest High Jewellery collection Paris, vu du 26 will be making its regional debut. Inspired by Paris, its architecture and culture, the collection explores viewpoints, perspectives and heights.

Hélène Poulit-Duquesne, CEO of Boucheron, said, “We are pleased to participate in Abu Dhabi Art for the second year in a row; our House is perfectly in line with the innovation and creativity of the Contemporary art fair. From our founder, Frédéric Boucheron, to our modern-day creative director Claire Choisne, from our emblematic Question Mark necklace to our new High Jewellery collection Paris, vu du 26, it is always the freedom of design that guides our creations.”

Tickets are now available for this year’s edition of Abu Dhabi Art 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 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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