Following last year’s virtual iteration of the art fair, it has officially been announced that the physical format will return for the 2021 edition...
Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has revealed that this year’s edition of the Abu Dhabi Art fair will return to Manarat Al Saadiyat in a physical format and run from 18 to 21 November, with an opening reception on 17 November.
“Abu Dhabi Art is a platform for cultural connectivity, bringing together artists, galleries, institutions and arts professionals and fostering creativity by connecting them,” says His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi.
“Whilst the last year has brought up many challenges and issues for the art world, it has also brought forth opportunities to innovate. This pandemic has shown us that our way forward is through collaboration, adaptation and innovation. For any society to blossom, culture must be part of its DNA, and must be integral to its aspirations for progression and development. Abu Dhabi Art has adapted swiftly to the challenges that have faced the art ecosystem during the pandemic and will contribute to cultural growth and to the art market in the UAE with renewed vigour this year. We look forward to welcoming visitors and the community back to the fair this November.”
This year Abu Dhabi Art will also showcase several new commissioned installations at locations across the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The art-driven experiences will stretch from Liwa and Al Ain to the city centre of Abu Dhabi and is in part a natural extension of the fair’s Beyond: Artist Commissions programme, which launched in 2017.
Each year, the fair collaborates with artists to create its visual campaign and this year it will feature works by Emirati artists Ayesha Hadhir, Rawdha Khalifa Al Ketbi and Shaikha Fahad Al Ketbi, which were first created as part of Beyond: Emerging Artists in 2019. In these works, the artists jointly explore the idea of transformation in different environments, from seascapes and the desert, to abandoned cityscapes.
Guest artists and curators for 2021 will be announced in the coming months, along with further details on the emirate-wide programme for the fair.
Applications are now open for galleries to exhibit at the 13th edition of the fair in November.
Strict precautionary and hygiene measures will be enforced at Abu Dhabi Art 2021 to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants and visitors.
For more information on Abu Dhabi Art 2021 and its year-round programmes, visit abudhabiart.ae