Art Dubai is returning to its Madinat Jumeirah stopping grounds in March of next year, and the organisation has announced its official line-up for the 2023 edition.
The 16th edition will see more than 100 galleries from over 40 countries participate across four sections of the fair: Contemporary, Modern, Bawwaba and Art Dubai Digital. The Contemporary section will feature the very best in cutting-edge contemporary art and will be home to 72 galleries – including 16 first-time exhibitors and 21 Dubai-based galleries, more than ever before.
The Modern section, curated by Paris-based critic and curator Mouna Mekouar and Italian art historian Lorenzo Guisti, will include solo presentations by the region’s Modern masters and pioneers of contemporary art in the MENASA area – whose works are retrospectively playing a key role in art history, today’s art and is reflecting the cultural richness and diversity of the region.
Whilst Bawwaba will continue to explore how contemporary artists from the Global South bring forth concerns within their worlds, whether from socio-cultural issues such as the tension between rapid urban development and traditional values, the legacy of colonisation on environment, human relationships in the age of hyperconnectivity, or personal concerns around the meaning of language and void, there will be 11 artists showcasing solo presentations.
Finally, the 2023 edition of Art Dubai will also see the return of Art Dubai Digital with an expansion that includes a 360-degree snapshot of the digital art landscape, building bridges between the art and technology worlds, and exploration of how artists are utilising new, immersive technologies to collapse the boundaries of the traditional art world.
“Art Dubai is a global fair, and the strength of the applications we received for our 2023 edition reflect Art Dubai’s increasing importance as the region’s premier art event, the gateway to the Global South and the maturing of the art market here in Dubai,” says Art Dubai’s Artistic Director Pablo del Val. “We’re particularly pleased to welcome so many first-time exhibitors into the Art Dubai family. Dubai is rapidly developing into a global financial and technology hub – the city is booming, and is a place that generations of people from all over the world call home.”
The 2023 edition of Art Dubai will take place from March 3-5 and the full programme will be announced in December.