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See masterpieces of 500 artists from 80 nations at Art Dubai.

Summary: Art Dubai features 92 contemporary and modern galleries from 42 countries.

Staff Reporter

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, visited the Art Dubai exhibition at Madinat Jumeirah ahead of its opening today.

"I am delighted by the quality of the artworks on show. We are placing emphasis on the role art plays in bridging gaps across nations, promoting messages of tolerance and highlighting human creativity," Sheikh Hamdan tweeted on Tuesday.

Today, I visited Art Dubai at Madinat Jumeirah, the international art fair with more than 500 artists and 90 galleries participating from 40 countries. The fair underscores our leading position as a destination for artists and creators.

- Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) March 19, 2019

Said to be the world's most 'internationally diverse art fair', Art Dubai features 92 contemporary and modern galleries from 42 countries. It hosts more than 500 artists representing 80 nationalities across its four gallery sections: Art Dubai Contemporary, Art Dubai Modern, Bawwaba and Residents.

Highlights include the new gallery section Bawwaba, which showcases art from the Global South; the UAE Now, the first section of its kind that highlights local, independent, artist-run platforms and subcultures; and Art Dubai's internationally acclaimed transdisciplinary arts summit, Global Art Forum, set to be held on March 20-21.

Pablo del Val, artistic director of Art Dubai, said: "Art Dubai continues to develop original content to redefine what an art fair can be and contribute to the UAE and wider region's cultural landscape. We represent an art world that is truly global and inclusive, rooted in artistic discovery and the promotion of new and alternative perspectives, community-building, idea generation and cultural exchange. Geographies, galleries and artists, art typologies and thematics that are not often seen side by side - or even as part of the same conversation - will converge at the fair."

Chloe Vaitsou, international director of Art Dubai, said: "More than 130 international institutional representatives have confirmed attending the fair. Our goal is to strengthen and activate new local, regional and global networks that add value to the region's cultural dialogue and the fair's DNA as a multicultural hub."

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Mar 20, 2019
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