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Art Dubai 2022 opens new horizons for participating galleries


Art Dubai, the world’s leading platform for art and artists from the Middle East and the South, has opened up new creative and commercial horizons for the galleries featured in the largest-ever edition of the world art fair held this year. Participating galleries praised the event for its “positive energy”, the quality of the art on display and the unique opportunities the event generated for them.

Held from March 11-13 at the Madinat Jumeirah, Art Dubai 2022 featured over 120 presentations from 104 galleries and platforms from 44 countries across four main sections: Contemporary, Bawwaba, Modern and the new Art Dubai Digital section. The gallery program was complemented by newly commissioned works by internationally renowned artists, and an innovative, world-class lecture program that brings together the brightest minds in the global art world, and the new Bybit Talks series . The inaugural edition of Art Dubai Digital featured a new physical gallery section showcasing a curated selection of the most cutting-edge digital platforms internationally.

“We had a very successful week, there was a lot of positive energy and we sold several works to new and old customers”, Kristin Hjellegjerde, Founder, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery. Dubai is a city in transition, and there is definitely a growing collector scene here, at all levels,” she added.

For many regular attendees, the 2022 edition of the art fair was the most successful ever. Victoria Cooke, Director of Gallery 1957, said: “This is our third appearance at Art Dubai and our most successful edition to date – it’s great to be back. On opening day, we sold works to African American, South Asian and regional collectors. Dubai is a truly international place, and it was an incredibly positive experience.

Galleries praised the art forum for the exceptional opportunities it provided to engage with collectors and artists and explore business opportunities. Priyanka Raja, Founder, Experimenter, said, “We had a very successful week, selling almost all of the artwork we brought in, mostly to institutions. This was one of the strongest editions in Art Dubai’s history, in terms of the quality of the galleries and the art they showcase, and the conversations we had. We’ve met people from all over the world here, made sales to new people and it’s been an incredibly successful week for us. There has been a constant buzz, every day of the fair, and in addition to the sales we make, Art Dubai is a facilitator of longer-term conversations and feels like a time of celebration for our artists.

Thomas Brambilla, Founder, Thomas Brambilla said, “It was our first time here at Art Dubai and we sold extremely well. It was a great week and we really enjoyed it, in what is a completely new part of the world for us, and where we plan to do more. Dubai is becoming more and more important, it’s a gateway to the region, and we met a lot of serious new collectors this week.

Matteo Consonni, Founder, Madragoa: “This is our first experience of Art Dubai and it has been extremely positive. We are a young European gallery and this week we feel like we have been at the center of the melting pot that is Dubai. We met a lot of people – from the region; residents who are drawn to the city; as well as the inhabitants. We shared some great conversations about a Mexican artist whose technique is universal. Sales were steady throughout the week and we were delighted to sell the stand. »

Murat Pilevneli, Founder of PILEVNELI Gallery, said: “We had a very successful week, selling four works and with great interest in several more. It was great to see so many people interested and involved in Refik Anadol’s work, and coming here specifically to see him in real life. Our sales were primarily to private collectors based here in Dubai – the level of education and interest in the work has been fantastic.

Dima Abdul Kader, Emergeast, said: “Art Dubai has been absolutely fantastic for us – the feedback and traffic has been overwhelmingly positive and inspiring. Sales were excellent and we almost sold out the stand. It feels like a unique moment in time, and 12 months from now it will be a different landscape.

The galleries were impressed by the dynamism and vitality of Dubai’s artistic and cultural landscape. Emmanuel Perrotin, Founder, Perrotin said: “Dubai is six hours by plane from two-thirds of the world’s population, and a very dynamic city that is attracting new audiences. We always want to make the voice of our artists heard by an audience that does not always have the opportunity to get involved in their work. The whole region is developing projects around art, and we want our artists to be able to participate in them.

The new digital sector of the global art fair was one of the highlights of the event for many participating galleries. Joe Kennedy, Founder of Institut.co, said: “We were delighted to be invited to participate in the inaugural digital section of Art Dubai, which brought together a perfectly curated cross-section of platforms, galleries and CAD from this innovative and expanding space. It was a great opportunity for the Institute to meet members of our IRL community and educate and engage with a truly global audience, and we had a very successful week.

Henry Brand, Fingerprints DAO, said: “We chose to do a hybrid booth that included both online and IRL elements and we sold very well, with many NFTs hit in person here on the booth – by collectors of all ages, and a very broad demographic. This is our first time attending an art fair and we have chosen a particularly thought-provoking presentation that expands the use of blockchain as a medium for artists.