artparis-AbuDhabi : Modern + Contemporary Art Fair
An art fair integral to the cultural development of AbuDhabi
For its second edition, artparis-AbuDhabi is returning to the Emirates Palace from November 17 to 21, 2008, to present a broad and impressive panorama of artistic creation of the 20th and 21st centuries. This year, the fair is strengthening its policy of selection and participation of contemporary art galleries active in the international market.
In 2007, artparis installed itself for the first time in Abu Dhabi, creating the largest fair for modern and contemporary art ever organized in the United Arab Emirates. Historic! The result: a turn over of USD 15,867,000 for a fair that attracted 9,200 visitors and collectors in just three days.… a turn-over full of promise for the organizers who are expecting this year more than15,000 visitors.
With the support of the authorities in charge of culture and patrimony (ADACH – Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage), the art fair plays an active role in the cultural activities of AbuDhabi. Thus, the fair’s official inauguration will take place on Monday,November 17th in the presence of his Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crowned prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
On the grounds of the Emirates Palace, 57 galleries will exhibit several hundreds of artists, including Kader Attia, Paul Cézanne, Shilpa Chavan, Jim Dine, Bernard Frize, Alberto Giacometti, Damien Hirst, Henri Matisse, Shirin Neshat, Julian Opie, Yazid Oulab, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Ruff, Faisal Samra, Niki de Saint Phalle, Massimo Vitali and Andy Warhol,among others.
New in 2008 : 8 young galleries emerging on the international contemporary art market are united under the banner of “Artparis-AbuDhabi Young Talent”. Each of them will be representing the works of a young artist yet to be discovered. From the 17th through the 21st of November, Abu Dhabi thus promises to be the central meeting point for contemporary art not only in the Gulf Region but also for the entire Middle East region of which it is a part.