All you need to know about Art Dubai 2022


Galería Albarrán Bourdais – Courtesy of Art Dubai

Next month will see the return of Art Dubai. The 15thand edition will feature more than 100 exhibitors from 44 countries, including more than 30 new exhibitors. Taking place at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai from March 11-13 (previews March 9-10), Art Dubai 2022 will be the most comprehensive edition of the fair to date and one of the very few major international art events to take place this spring, the unmissable event for culture lovers, organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, will undoubtedly enhance the emergence of Dubai as an international hub for art and culture and a key contributor to conversations about modern art.

This year’s busy schedule will include new site-specific works commissioned by internationally renowned artists and a unique new digital section that will serve as a bridge between the worlds of crypto and art. There will also be new group exhibitions and an ambitious program of multi-axis conferences, including the 15th edition of the Global Art Forum. The main institutions of the country will also present a parallel program of important individual and collective exhibitions, conferences and events.

“For more than 15 years, Art Dubai has been a place for discovering and celebrating new trends, creating and facilitating conversations, and celebrating the power of creative production in the Global South,” said Pablo del Val, artistic director of Art Dubai. “This year’s program places particular emphasis on the intersection of the physical and digital realms, and represents what is our most ambitious and expansive program to date.”

Here’s what to expect for art lovers this year at Art Dubai, a leading platform for viewing and buying contemporary art from the South, which was founded in 2007.


TEMPLON Gallery – Courtesy of Art Dubai

Art Dubai’s commission for 2022 is INLAND, represented by Fernando Garcia-Dory, which will present a new multi-site installation at the fair and in a variety of locations in Dubai. “Sand Flow” combines visions of Dubai’s past, present and future and examines how the multiplicity of cultures and communities inhabit the city and their contributions to it. The artwork will incorporate archaeology, hydrology, urban planning and transportation, as well as the rich traditions of oral storytelling, heritage and craftsmanship of the Middle East.

Digital Dubai Art

Dastan – Sepand Danesh – The Power – 2021 – 38 x 12 x 23 cm

A new section of the show exploring the worlds of digital art and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) will examine the context in which NFTs, cryptocurrency, video art and virtual reality have developed since the rise of digital art in the 1980s. This includes those leading the way in the rapidly expanding digital art space. Art Dubai Digital will showcase a curated selection of 17 leading international galleries and platforms and will include presentations from some of the most exciting and innovative artists working in the digital space today, including Refik Anadol (Pilevneli) and Uta Bekaia. Additionally, visitors can experience Denis Davydov (Window Project) and the Institute’s multi-artist presentations, Bright Moments, Fingerprints DAO, Postmasters, Emergeast, and Cyber ​​Baat.

The ‘COSMODREAMS’ facility
An interactive installation by Marina Fedorova, “COSMODREAMS” will delve into the effects of technological advancements on our lives and our environment. The installation combines traditional art and digital technologies in the form of large-scale paintings, sculptures, life-size objects and virtual reality videos with interactive panels. Art Dubai Digital will also include an exhibition of new NFTs created by the 12 UAE-based and international artists taking part in this year’s expanded edition of Campus Art Dubai.

World Art Forum
Art Dubai’s 2022 program will feature an innovative lecture program for a wide range of audiences. Entitled “This is the Picture” and taking place over four days, the 15th edition of the Global Art Forum will examine the worlds of digital artifacts and crypto-economies, inviting leading artists, curators, creators, thinkers and technologists plan to examine a range of topics. These range from NFT art and curatorial projects to crypto games and the metaverse, web 3.0 and the new crypto zone in Dubai. Confirmed entrants for 2022 will include renowned collectors Guy Ullens and Ryan Zurrer and pioneering artists Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst. Hito Steyerl and UAE blockchain lawyer Saeed Al Darmaki will also appear.

parbit talks

NFT Asia, Eri Harigai, ‘Blank’, 2021, Medium_ 3D_2D Video, Courtesy of_ The Artist

Bybit Talks, an extensive curated series of conversations presented by the leading nominal cryptocurrency exchange, will provide visitors with insight into the rapid growth of digital platforms. Guest speakers will further explain the basics of cryptocurrency, digital media, and NFT art. Attendees will include Tamas Banovich, co-founder of Postmasters, Seth Goldstein, co-founder of Bright Moments, and Jenn Ellis, co-founder of Aora Space.

Dubai Modern Art Lectures

Jhaveri Cont. – Yamini Nayar – Parallel Mapping – 2020 – Gelatin silver print – 91.4 x 76.2 cm

The Modern section of Art Dubai will be accompanied by three days of Art Dubai Modern Talks (March 10-12), organized this year in collaboration with the Dubai Collection. It will explore the life, work and influences of 20th century modern masters from the Middle East and North Africa. The works of these important artists form the art history of the region from the early 20th century to the 1980s, and the series will add significantly to existing scholarship and research. Participants will include Art Dubai Modern curator Sam Bardaouil, Emirati lead curator Munira Al Sayegh and Nima Sagharchi, director of Middle Eastern, Islamic and South Asian art at Bonhams.

A new exhibition

1957 Gallery – Courtesy of Art Dubai

This year, Art Dubai will launch a new exhibition commissioned by and in partnership with Warehouse421 and Salama Bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship. Curated by Maryam Al Dabbagh and Mays Albaik, this exhibition will showcase a variety of work from the Fellowship’s eight-year tenure, drawing on cyclical threads and research themes that endure across the program’s various cohorts. Between painting, textiles, video and photography, the exhibition will bear witness to a collective questioning of memory in relation to place, time and the sense of rhythm and repetition.

The ‘Cloud Seed’ facility

Julius Baer commissioned Filipino-American light and media artist James Clar (Silverlens) to create an interactive video installation titled “Cloud Seed” for the fair’s Julius Baer lounge. The installation will immerse visitors in a large-scale, real-time simulation of raindrops and fog, using custom technology to create a slowly changing visual system that reflects our control of the environment. Through the commission, Julius Baer wants to show the emergence of mega trends such as digital disruption and how artists are using advanced technology in their practice.

ARM Holding Children’s Program

The ARM Holding children’s program will offer artist-led workshops for children ages 5-17. Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru will lead the program with a focus on sustainability. He will work with participants to salvage and reuse everyday materials from their homes and schools and turn them into works of art. Through these workshops, Kabiru will challenge participants to change their point of view and re-examine how they view everyday objects and their wider environment. The first ARM Holding children’s program will take place at Art Dubai before expanding to take place in 80 schools. Reaching over 5,000 children across Dubai, the move is in line with ARM Holding’s long-term commitment to arts education and Dubai’s creative economy.

Around the city

Art Dubai Week takes place during the final month of Expo Dubai 2020 with a series of solo and group exhibitions across the city. Highlights include: “Jitish Kallat: Order of Magnitude” at The Ishara Foundation and “A Slightly Curving Place”, curated by Nina Ghouse, at Concrete, Alserkal Avenue. There will also be two major solo exhibitions, titled “Taus Makhacheva: A Space of Celebration” and “Fahd Burki: Daydreams” at Jameel Arts Centre. Additionally, the Sharjah Art Foundation will present ‘Lawrence Abu Hamdan: The Sonic’, the largest solo exhibition of the artist’s works to date. These include a major new order, “Air Conditioning”, and a site-specific performance. ‘When Images Speak: Highlights from the Dubai Collection’ continues at the Etihad Museum, with a selection of nearly 70 works of modern art drawn from the collections of 11 patrons of the Dubai Collection, the first institutional art collection of its kind .


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