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Abu Dhabi Art 2018




Abu Dhabi Art’s 10th Edition will be back in the UAE capital with new initiatives and leading artists and curators. 

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Abu Dhabi Art will showcase Modern and Contemporary art from leading international galleries alongside curated sections by globally respected practitioners.

The guest curators for Abu Dhabi Art 2018 include:
Omar Kholeif, the curator of Focus: Icons
Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, the curator of Beyond: Emerging Artists
Hammad Nasar, the curator of Gateway: Structures of Meaning | Architectures of Perception
Salwa Mikdadi and the organisers of the Talks programme this year exploring: Global Circulation of Art and The New Markets

As part of the extended off-site programme, Beyond: Artist Commissions returns in 2018 with three commissions in Al Ain by established contemporary artists Moataz Nasr, Ammar Al Attar, and Imran Qureshi. The commissions will be unveiled during Abu Dhabi Art and will be exhibited for two months afterwards.
Also returning to Beyond is the Beyond: Emerging Artists section, where three emerging UAE-based artists will be commissioned to undertake a tailor-made artist programme with 2018’s programme curator, Emirati artist Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim. 

Gateway, the visual art exhibition, invites a unique curatorial perspective from the guest curator, Hammad Nasar. Entitled Structures of Meaning |Architectures of Perception, the exhibition considers artworks that explore the built environment and language as structures through which meaning accumulates. 

Durub Al Tawaya 
Visitors and collectors will enjoy the opportunity to engage with contemporary performance art through the sixth edition of Durub Al Tawaya, Abu Dhabi Art’s performing arts programme curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh. The programme will see site specific performances throughout Abu Dhabi Art and in different locations across the city from November 2018 to January 2019.
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