Art Dubai today announces an updated gallery list for its 2021 edition, reaffirming the fair’s commitment to providing a physical platform and marketplace for artists and galleries from across the Global South. This year, the fair will move to a new location at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in a purpose-built venue that will ensure the highest COVID-19 safety protocols, creating a secure, safe and flexible environment for participants and visitors. The fair will take place from 29 March to 3 April 2021.
Held in the strategic partnership with Dubai Culture, Art Dubai 2021 will feature 50 leading Contemporary and Modern galleries from 31 countries, showcasing a diverse selection of artworks, artists and practices, reflecting the multicultural identity of the city.
Alongside galleries from major and emerging international art centres, visitors will encounter galleries from across the Middle East and South and East Asia, including from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, India, Vietnam and Philippines and a strong representation from across the African continent including galleries from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and Tunisia. Ten of Dubai’s top galleries will also take part, reflecting the growing market and rapidly developing scene of the Emirate.
Art Dubai’s Artistic Director, Pablo del Val, commented: «In-person events are the heart and soul of the art world and ours is a sector that has – like so many others – been significantly impacted by the events of the last 12 months. As we begin to navigate our way out of the pandemic, we feel a keen responsibility to do everything we possibly can to support the artists, galleries and many service providers who depend on a vibrant and dynamic global commercial art sector.»
Art Dubai has also announced a number of innovations for the 2021 fair. These include a collaborative new partnership with exhibiting galleries, whereby participation costs are partly based on sales, and a Remote Participation Programme that will support those galleries who are unable to travel to Dubai in person, by using new technologies to connect them digitally with fair visitors who are discovering their artworks in person.
The fair will be produced in accordance with the highest Covid-19 safety protocols; holding the event over six days, in a purpose-built structure at DIFC will provide the safest possible environment for exhibitors and visitors by better controlling access and will also allow visitors to take advantage of DIFC’s world-class restaurants and facilities.
Art Dubai 2021 participating galleries: +2, Tehran; Gallery 1957, Accra; Addis Fine Art, Addis Ababa/London; Aicon Art, New York; Akka Project, Venice/Dubai; Galería Albarrán Bourdais, Madrid; Gallery ArtBeat, Tbilisi; Athr Gallery, Jeddah; Ayyam Gallery, Dubai; Saleh Barakat Gallery, Beirut; Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi/London; Comptoir des Mines Galerie, Marrakech; Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing/Les Moulins/Havana/Rome/São Paulo/Paris; Custot Gallery Dubai, Dubai; Dastan’s Basement, Tehran; Elmarsa Gallery, Dubai/Tunis; Experimenter, Kolkata; Eye for Art, Houston; Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai; Gazelli Art House, Baku/London; Hafez Gallery, Jeddah; Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai/New York; Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London/Berlin; Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai; Mark Hachem, Beirut/Paris/New York; Gallery Misr, Cairo; Meem Gallery, Dubai; Mono Gallery, Riyadh; Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels; Perrotin, Hong Kong/Seoul/Shanghai/Tokyo/Paris/New York; Giorgio Persano, Turin; Perve Galeria, Lisbon; Ronchini, London; The Rooster Gallery, Vilnius; Sanatorium, Istanbul; Saradipour Art Gallery, Los Angeles; Galerie—Peter—Sillem, Frankfurt; Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg; Silverlens, Manila; Stems Gallery, Brussels; Tafeta, London/Lagos; Templon, Paris/Brussels; The Third Line, Dubai; Tropical Futures Institute, Cebu City; Vermelho, São Paulo; Vin Gallery, Ho Chi Minh City; Yusto/Giner, Marbella; Zawyeh Gallery, Ramallah/Dubai; Salwa Zeidan Gallery, Abu Dhabi; Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg.