Art Dubai: FashionRepublik Highlights 7 Things to See and Do

Art Dubai 2018—will be held from March 21-24, 2018 at Madinat Jumeirah—and will be the fair’s largest edition to date with 105 galleries attending from 48 countries. Art Dubai’s Contemporary section will feature 78 galleries from 42 countries in 2018, including first-time participation from Iceland, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan. The fair’s 2018 edition will also see the launch of Residents, for international artists, invited to the UAE to immerse themselves in the local art scene. Celebrating its fifth edition in 2018, Art Dubai’s Modern section remains the only commercial platform in the world to showcase museum-quality works. There’s a lot to see and do… we highlight seven things to keep in mind…

1. Global Art Forum 

The Global Art Forum 2018 will focus on the power, paranoia and potentials of automation. Entitled “I Am Not a Robot”, the 12th edition of the transdisciplinary summit will be programmed by Commissioner Shumon Basar, with Chief Operating Officer and Futurist-in-Chief of the Dubai Future Foundation Noah Raford, and Curator of Digital Culture & Design Collection at the MAK, Vienna, Marlies Wirth, as Co-Directors.

2. The Residents

Yasuaki Onishi, Reverse of volume RG, 2012, glue, plastic sheet, other, 470x1340x1210cm

For its 12th edition, Art Dubai introduces a new gallery programme dedicated to solo presentations from invited galleries whose artists will take part in a 4-8 week residency. The programme will take place in the UAE and encourages artists to immerse themselves in the local art scene to create a body of work which merges their distinct artistic practice with their surroundings. The final works will be on show in the new section of the fair, presented by the artists’ respective galleries. Residents 2018 will present an intimate selection of 11 solo gallery presentations by artists from around the world working across all media.

3. Art Dubai Contemporary

Raed Yassin, Manual for Disasters, 2017. Courtesy Kalfayan Galleries

Art Dubai Contemporary is extraordinarily diverse. The 2018 fair will feature 78 galleries from 42 countries, from the world’s most influential galleries to dynamic young art spaces. Likewise, the artists range from emerging and upcoming practitioners from lesser-known art capitals to household names. The works they will present cover all artistic media—including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, photography and performance.

4. Art Dubai Modern

Abdulsattar AlMussa, Marriage in Refaa, 1986. Courtesy The Artist and Hafez Gallery

Art Dubai Modern presents museum-quality work by masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, whose work has been influential throughout the 20th century. The 2018 fair will feature 16 galleries from 14 countries with solo, two-artist and group exhibits.

5. The Room

Suliman Al-Qassar

 The Room is an immersive, large-scale interactive installation that takes place at the Fair each year. This year, The Room will represent an extended TV studio for the daytime talk programme, ‘GOOD MORNING GCC’, which uses the tropes of daytime talk shows commonly featured on TV stations across the Arab world alongside a reference to Nam June Paik’s “Good Morning Mr. Orwell”, Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party, Chris Burden’s commercials and other artists who have used television’s potential to communicate to a wide audience. Celebrity wedding singer and TV chef  Sulaiman Al Qassar, an icon of food and performance, will launch the programme.

6. Art Dubai Modern Symposium

Art Dubai Modern Symposium is a series of talks and presentations focused on the life, work and cultural impact of 20th century masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Renowned curators, scholars and patrons will lead the sessions that delve into the styles, influences and practices of artists whose work contributes to the history of art produced in the 20th century.

 7. Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program 

Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program from 2017

The Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of UAE Gender Balance Council, President of Dubai Women Establishment, and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs UAE. Art Dubai’s not-for-profit programme includes workshops, publications and discovery tours for children and teenagers, created especially for the fair by international and UAE-based artists. Each March, they partner with The Cultural Office to produce the Sheikha Manal Little Artists Program, designed to provide access to skills and ideas for UAE-based children and teenagers aged 5-17 with the long-term aim of encouraging young people to get involved and excel in the arts.

The year, the program included the commissioning of Japanese-Australian artist, Hiromi Tango, whose work spans sculpture, photography, installation and performance. Tango is dedicated to generating healing conversations through arts engagement.

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