The highlight of Abu Dhabi Art’s annual program, the Abu Dhabi Art Fair, will return for another installment this week, featuring a range of must-see fairs and exhibitions. Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai boast vibrant art scenes, offering the best from their diverse, rich, and exciting cultural landscapes. If you’re in the UAE, don’t miss the chance to see our selection of exhibitions; if not, explore the artists’ profiles to learn more about their work.
Abu Dhabi Art Fair at Manarat Al Saadiyat
Organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, the 15th edition of Abu Dhabi Art will host the largest fair to date, showcasing 92 galleries from more than 31 countries, strengthening the emirate’s position as a leading global destination for arts and culture. The fair will include three Docent Galleries: Dastan Gallery (Booth G13), Pi Artworks (Stand S20), and The Third Line (Booth G28) and is scheduled to take place from 22.11 to 26.11.
Nima Nabavi and Jason Seife, “Duality”, at The Third Line (Dubai)
"Duality" is a showing of two artists working together, Nima Nabavi and Jason Seife, in symbiosis, a product of an enduring "art friendship." In ways both literal and metaphorical, the exhibition is a way of putting pen to paper on developments that were organically occurring when two artists who share a particular way of seeing collide. The show is ongoing until the 25th of January.
Fereydoun Ave, “Some seasons: Fereydoun Ave and the Laal Collection, 1959-2019", at Jameel Arts Centre (Dubai)
Showcasing five decades of artist, curator, designer, and collector Fereydoun Ave, along with Docent artist Fereydoun Ave’s singular collection of modern and contemporary Iranian art, the group exhibition, scheduled for 27.09-23.03.2024, brings together over 37 artists. It features paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and archival material, as well as polaroid portraits of and by influential artists and cultural figures, providing a unique vantage point onto the fascinating—and contested—cultural history of 20th and 21st-century Iran.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul (among others), “Nine Nodes of Non-Being”, at 421
“Nine Nodes of Non-Being” is a group exhibition presenting works by nine emerging and established artists, including Docent Artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul, thinkers, filmmakers, and researchers from East, South, Southeast Asia, the MENA region, and South America. It conceives of climate-related extinction through various states of negation and excess emerging from each of the nine artistic nodes to examine ways of existing more equitably within our ongoing crises. The exhibition is scheduled to run until 31.12.2023.