His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, attended yesterday an exclusive virtual tour of this year’s Abu Dhabi Art Exhibition, which is held under the patronage of His Highness, where he was accompanied by Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi And curators of the exhibition.
Abu Dhabi Art, in its twelfth year, is organizing the first virtual edition of the exhibition, today and continues until November 26, and will include more than 300 artworks from 15 countries, displayed in independent platforms and dedicated sections, with the participation of 68 galleries and more than 200 artists. . It includes seven new galleries, introducing contemporary art from across the African continent, and 13 new galleries from South Korea.
For the first time ever, Abu Dhabi Art has invited valuable international artists to work with galleries and artists, with the aim of shedding light on the contemporary art scene from heterogeneous perspectives and different geographical points, and presenting it via the Internet. This version of the exhibition constitutes the most diverse version even right Now.
Adapt and innovate
In this regard, Mohammed Al Mubarak said: “This year’s edition of Abu Dhabi Art is characterized by a high level of creative thinking, dedication and hard work. Our ability to adapt and innovate are essential factors in our strategic initiatives at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi this year, as we were able to organize this pioneering art exhibition, as a digital event in record time, which is a remarkable achievement that reinforces Abu Dhabi’s commitment to support the arts and enhance the cultural scene. ”
He added: “While facing this new phase, which is full of unique challenges and opportunities, we have strived to transform quickly and successfully, to adapt to changing circumstances.
Which contributed to preserving everything that makes Abu Dhabi art a very distinctive global event, including its diverse list of participating galleries from all over the world, new destinations for artistic evaluation, and intellectual-stimulating educational programs, in addition to the fact that it is now accessible to audiences all over the world. The world, more than ever ».
The virtual tour of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed bin Zayed included galleries of modern and contemporary art, as well as focused on the artistic curators’ sections. Director of Abu Dhabi Art, Diala Nusseibeh, presented an overview of the modern and contemporary art section of the exhibition, which this year includes 37 galleries from more than 15 countries around the world, and the works will be displayed in coordinated virtual platforms, according to special artistic narratives for each presentation.
His Highness’s tour also included the art section “A Look to Tomorrow”, coordinated by Simon Ngami, in the first section specialized in contemporary African art at the Abu Dhabi Art Exhibition, and includes 7 galleries that participate for the first time in the annual exhibition, and explore concepts of time during the outbreak of the epidemic.
Al-Anoud Al Hammadi, Director of the Abu Dhabi Art Project, led the tour in the “Material-Real” section of Curator Sung Woo Kim, one of the new sections of the exhibition, to explore contemporary art from South Korea, with the participation of 13 new galleries.
Finally, the virtual tour concluded with the presentation of the performance program “on the stage”, coordinated by the curator Rose Legion, where she presented an overview of four new performances by international artists.
This year, the exhibition is hosting, in its digital version, a performance program, under the supervision of the curator Rose Lygon, with the participation of artists Maitha Abdullah, Alice Theobald, Raed Yassin and Nastio Mosquito. This program displays films shot with 360-degree imaging technology in Berlin, London, the Emirates and Lisbon, and visitors can enjoy watching these works of art online, using virtual reality glasses and their smartphones, and for visitors residing in the UAE, they can experience the viewing in person in the beacon. Saadiyat.
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