Abu Dhabi Art, organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi, is hosting the largest-ever fair, showcasing 92 galleries from over 31 countries. The 15th edition, held from November 22 to 26, 2023, is the culmination of Abu Dhabi Art’s year-long visual arts program and plays an important role in the growing art scene of West Asia, North Africa, and South Asia (WANASA). The fair is committed to welcoming diverse curatorial perspectives, involving itself in the community, and playing an integral part in the arts ecosystem in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.
The 92 participating galleries represent countries from around the world, including for the first time galleries from Georgia, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore, and Chile. Dayla Nusseibeh, Director of Abu Dhabi Art, said that this year’s Abu Dhabi Art represents a significant moment in the fair’s history due to its sheer size, which has doubled the number of participating galleries since its early days. The presence of so many new galleries at the fair reflects the dynamic local and regional art markets over the past 15 years.
Representing some of the participating galleries this year are Maneli Kicaviasi, Visiting Professor Ricarda Mandrini Co., Essia Hamadi, and Chris Van Feng. The fair will also welcome 55 galleries that participated in previous editions, including LIA RUMMA (Italy), De Sarthe (Hong Kong), LEO Gallery (Hong Kong), and Pablo Goebbels Fine Arts (Mexico).
The modern and contemporary section of the fair will feature 41 participating galleries, including Rossi & Rossi (Hong Kong), Selma Feriani Gallery (Tunisia), and Bernier/Aliades (Greece). The 2023 visual campaign is by artist Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, whose work is inspired by a deep love for the environment and natural beauty of Khorfakkan, his birthplace. Abu Dhabi Art will continue to announce details of the fair’s programs and events in the coming months.