Press Release

Art Dubai 2022 opens to the public from 11 – 13 March 2022 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Art Dubai, the leading global platform for art and artists from the Middle East and Global South, returns to Madinat Jumeirah Dubai from 11 – 13 March 2022. Ahead of the public opening, the 15th edition of the global art forum opened today for an exclusive preview running from 9 – 10 March.

Featuring over 100 contemporary and modern galleries from more than 40 countries across four main gallery sections: contemporary, modern, Bawwaba and Art Dubai Digital; a series of ambitious new commissions by internationally renowned artists, ground-breaking group exhibitions and world-class education and talks programmes, Art Dubai’s 15th edition is the most ambitious and extensive to date.

Under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the event aims to further reinforce Dubai’s emergence as an international hub for art and culture and a major contributor to conversations about contemporary art.

Art Dubai 2022 includes more than 30 first-time participants, and over 50% of the gallery programme is drawn from the Global South, reaffirming the fair’s position as the leading marketplace and meeting point for art and artists from this region. New for 2022 is the debut of Art Dubai Digital, an innovative new digital art and NFT section that provides a comprehensive, 360-degree introduction to this fast-developing landscape, examining the context out of which NFTs, cryptocurrency, video art and virtual reality (VR) have grown since the rise of digital art in the 1980s.

Art Dubai is held in partnership with A.R.M. Holding. The lead partner of the fair is Swiss Wealth Management Group Julius Baer. The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is the fair’s strategic partner. Bybit is the lead partner of Art Dubai Digital.

Art Dubai’s Artistic Director Pablo del Val commented: For 15 years, Art Dubai has been a place to discover and celebrate new trends, creating and facilitating conversations, and celebrating the strength of creative output across the Global South. Art Dubai is a truly global art fair, and this is reflected in both the quality and geographic spread of the galleries participating this year. That so much of the programme is drawn from the Global South highlights the increased interest in and appetite for collecting non-Western art, the strengthening of the gallery scene beyond the traditional centres of the art world, and the role Art Dubai plays as a platform for regions that are under-represented in international collections. This year’s programme places particular emphasis on where the physical and digital realms intersect, and we are particularly pleased to present Art Dubai Digital to our visitors, which will be an important bridge between the rapidly-developing crypto-sphere and the international art market.”

Art Dubai Contemporary 2022 features 77 galleries from 33 countries, and welcomes 15 first-time exhibitors ranging from emerging art scenes to established international centres. Art Dubai Modern 2022 is curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath and will feature solo presentations of museum-quality works by eleven 20th Century masters from across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA). Bawwaba – meaning gateway in Arabic and exclusively featuring works made in the past year or specifically for Art Dubai 2022 – is curated by Nancy Adajania and will feature ten solo presentations, including six first-time exhibitors.

As the art world continues to adapt and evolve in the digital and NFT realms, new communities are emerging to support these worlds, involving new creators and stakeholders. Art Dubai Digital is a new dedicated gallery section that seeks to provide a 360-degree overview of the digital art landscape right now. Art Dubai Digital features 17 presentations, representing a broad geographic base and includes both traditional galleries and digitally native platforms and collectives, many participating in an art fair for the first time.

The list of galleries participating in Art Dubai 2022 can be viewed here.

Tickets:

The new Art Dubai app is available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Tickets are available to purchase online or via the Art Dubai app.

1-Day Ticket: AED60

3-Day Ticket: AED100

Free entry for children (aged 18 and under) and university students.

Location:

Art Dubai is held at Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Opening Hours

Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 March (by invitation only): 2.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 March: 2.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Sunday 13 March: 12.00 pm – 6.00 pm