Now just over two weeks since the fair has culminated, Art Dubai has announced that this year’s edition witnessed over 25,000 visitors, the event’s largest number yet. Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who graced the fair with two separate visits, the fair preview was inaugurated by the Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. HH Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development opened the special preview of the new gallery hall, Art Dubai Modern.
Art Dubai’s largest and most global edition welcomed 85 participating galleries from 34 countries and featured the work of more than 500 artists. With a combined value in excess of US $45 million, galleries reported healthy sales to local, regional and international collectors and institutions from the moment the buzzing collectors’ preview opened on 18 March.
Entitled ‘Meanwhile…History’, this year’s Global Art Forum, witnessed packed houses for both its Doha and Dubai programs. The talks and sessions were live-streamed in Arabic and English via the Internet to audiences around the world.
This year’s edition also included the launch of a third gallery hall (Art Dubai Modern), to complement the Contemporary and Marker gallery programs. It provided a uniquely curated area in which to view masters from the Middle East and South Asia.
Around 70 museum groups and more than 400 curators and museum representatives attended the fair, confirming Art Dubai’s role as the meeting point in the Middle East and South Asia, and the global fair of choice for the art world.
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