Under the patronage of Mohammed bin Rashid, Nahyan bin Mubarak opens 14th edition of Art Dubai.
- Six-day event will run until April 3 at a new purpose-built venue at DIFC
- Art Dubai 2021 features 50 leading galleries from 31 countries
- Art fair further consolidates Dubai’s growing role as a major international cultural hub
His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, today opened the 14th edition of Art Dubai, the region’s leading art fair. Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, this year’s Art Dubai is the first global in-person art event taking place since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The six-day event will run until April 3, 2021 at a new purpose-built venue at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak was accompanied at the inauguration and during his tour of the event by His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library; His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre and Her Excellency Hala Badri, Director General of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak expressed his appreciation for the efforts of Dubai’s cultural institutions in organizing this major global art event. Art Dubai represents a new cultural transformation taking place in Dubai and the UAE, which is part of a regional civilizational resurgence being led by the nation, he said. The UAE is bringing together artists from the region and the rest of the world to usher in a creative revitalization that promises to transform the cultural landscape of the entire region while also making rich contributions to the development of global art. The organization of Art Dubai 2021 further consolidates Dubai’s growing role as a major international centre for art that is enriching the global cultural sector and providing a platform for artists from around the world to engage with each other and showcase their creations, His Excellency added.
Featuring 50 leading contemporary and modern galleries from 31 countries, Art Dubai 2021 is showcasing a diverse selection of artworks, artists and practices in three specially-designed structures covering a total area of 3,400 square metres. This year’s event has a special focus on artists from the Middle East and the Global South. Nine Dubai-based art galleries are participating in the event, the highest ever representation from the emirate in the history of Art Dubai.
Art Dubai has announced a number of innovations for the 2021 fair including a Remote Participation Programme that supports galleries unable to travel to Dubai in person, by using new technologies to connect them digitally with fair visitors. The art fair will observe the highest precautionary protocols with the event being held in a purpose-built structure at DIFC that provides the safest possible environment for exhibitors and visitors.