Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority Announce Sixth Edition of Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Art comes back again this year for its sixth edition, presenting a selection of works from top regional and international art galleries. The fair will take place from 5-8 November and will be staged on Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.

Anish Kapoor, Untitled, 2014, Stainless and lacquer, 129 x 129 x 21.5 cm,Courtesy GALLERIA CONTINUA
Anish Kapoor. Untitled. 2014. Stainless and lacquer. 129 x 129 x 21.5 cm. Image courtesy Galleria Continua.

In line with the fair’s program, this edition will offer a multi-disciplinary experience combining an art fair with a diverse public program which includes art, talks and sensational events. “In its sixth edition, Abu Dhabi Art has developed into an international art event, bringing the art world to Saadiyat Cultural District and to Abu Dhabi,” said HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, TCA Abu Dhabi Chairman.  “As the event grows annually, Abu Dhabi Art continues to cultivate a viable cultural eco-system for the city, and establish Abu Dhabi, along with the future museums of Saadiyat Cultural District, as a global cultural hub.”

Galleries will continue to exhibit under the five established sections of the fair: Modern & Contemporary Galleries; Bidaya, highlighting one emerging gallery, which this year is New York’s Taymour Grahne; Signaturegalleries presenting their emerging artists; Design, showcasing an innovative experience combining traditional and modern design aesthetics; and Beyond, the section for large-scale installations, sculptures and site specific commissions by selected artists. The highlight of this year’s edition will be in the section of Beyond that will extend for the first time to various venues across Abu Dhabi, actively engaging with the audience and reflecting the significant role that public art plays within society and throughout the city’s landscape.

Abu Dhabi Art sixth edition will also include the successful return of Artists’ Wavesthe section that showcases a presentation of innovative works of art which allows the discovery and re-discovery of artists. Artists’ Waves presents works reflecting the dynamism of new artistic movements and shifting perceptions and gives to the galleries the possibility to integrate Abu Dhabi Art through their artists. The section also includes a special salon in which visitors can engage with galleries representing the participating artists.

The Abu Dhabi Art Public Programme returns with an extensive agenda of public talks, book launches, film screenings, and a wide performing arts platform including the musical performance, Durub Al Tawaya. Having been launched at ADA 2013, Durub Al Tawaya focuses on live and artistic expressions that take place throughout a number of locations across the city interactively engaging with the community.

In an effort to engage the local community as well as the UAE’s many budding artists, the Abu Dhabi Art Design Program will present results from elements of the intangible heritage of the UAE with contemporary artistic interpretations. Highlighting the best of contemporary design, the Design Program will feature presentations by winners of the Abu Dhabi Art UAE Designer Program which was launched in 2013.

Lastly, running in parallel with Abu Dhabi Art is the exhibition, Seeing through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection. The exhibition will showcase 18 artists whose works encompass a variety of media from the 1960s to the present. The exhibition will show a selection of artworks from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection which explore the theme of light.

For more information, visit www.abudhabiartfair.ae