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Art Dubai 2013 Reflected the Global Art Scene

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Art Dubai, the multi-million-dollar enterprise, reflected the city’s growing status as a global art hub. The seventh Art Dubai kicked off on Tuesday, March 20 at Madinat Jumeirah under the patronage of Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, opening its doors to more than $40 million worth of art, representing 75 galleries from 30 different countries. HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, inaugurated the fair in the morning.

Fair director Antonia Carver said the status and scope of the event reflected Dubai’s growing stature as an international art hub. “When it began in 2007, there was already a current of interest in the Middle East, but over the past seven years we’ve really seen that interest deepen. Dubai had the “perfect character to be a centre of contemporary art”, because of its “contemporary heart, mind and eyes” and “entrepreneurial spirit”. More than 75 museum groups and 400 curators and directors were present this year, probably more than any other fair, reflecting the fact many more museums worldwide were now looking to the region which was a “one-stop shop”, Carver said.

“Nowadays when people are time-poor, it’s vital that hubs emerge where people can make connections, and Dubai is now a major hub for the art world. The works themselves demonstrated a greater global footprint than ever before, with over 500 artists. The “great breadth” of Art Dubai, and the mix of emerging and established artists, was what made it so interesting”,  she added.

The fair included works by the five winners of the 2013 Abraaj Group Art Prize, 11 site-specific works by Artists-in-Residence and locals such as Mohammed Kazem, and artists from West Africa commenting on the evolving nature of cities in the region.

A new sculpture on the beach section at Mina A’Salam included a 9m curved bridge by well-known American artist Chris Burden, while workshops and film screenings provided interactive education opportunities for visitors.

The Global Art Forum, also known as the ‘brain’ of Art Dubai, were create a new glossary of art and cultural terms, including MENA, or Middle Eastern Nervous Anxiety, with more than 40 speakers including former REM lead singer Michael Stipe and Dubai-based political scientist Dr Abdulkhaleq Abdulla leading a debate on what these words now actually mean.

For the first time ever Art Eternity LLC presented its own artworks collection of renowned Russian contemporary artists along with new issue of the recently established ART Plus Journal, the first and the only Russian art concept magazine in the Middle East, during the gala-event, held by Gibson Dunn in Mina A'Salam on March 21 in the frames of Art Dubai 2013. The event had shown the high level of  interest to the Russian contemporary art in the UAE. Thus, Art Eternity LLC is planning to develop its activities further in order to promote Russian modern and contemporary art in MENA region and to be present on all events of the ART Week in Dubai next year.

Art Dubai 2013 run till March 23, 2013. See you on Art Dubai 2014!


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