In Pictures | Abu Dhabi Art 2016

For me, art is always a kind of theatre.” Damien Hirst

A well attended VIP opening kicked off this year’s Abu Dhabi Art on Tuesday evening at Manarat Al Saadiyat located in the Saadiyat Cultural District. At the centre of the eighth edition of this annual multidisciplinary art programme is a large art fair with a collection of modern and contemporary art displayed by established galleries from around the world. The exhibits are complimented by a diverse arts programme that’s packed with daily live performances, a series of curated talks, workshops and experiences.

The galleries are divided into four different sectors; Modern & Contemporary, Bidaya (translated as ‘Beginning’ in Arabic), Beyond and Gateway. A series of book launches and cultural talks are taking place throughout the event at Majilis Fann curated by Reem Fadda who is part of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi team. Returning for the fourth year, Durum Al Tawaya will showcase a programme of live music, performing arts, dance and movie screenings

Alongside the live performances and installations at Manarat Al Saadiyat there’s also a series of events across the capital designed to engage with all residents and celebrate Abu Dhabi’s cultural and artistic diversity. Entry and programmes are complimentary although pre-registration is recommended to avoid disappointment, visit for further information and to register.

img_8827img_8828img_8830Bananas by Gu Dexin

Straws, 2016 by Francesca Pasquali

dsc00791Impossible Barriers to the Cosmos, Logical and Absolute, 2016 by Jacob Hashimoto


img_8831dsc00794Untitled, 2016 by Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim

dsc00795Knowledge and Uncertainly, 2016 by Idris Khan

dsc00797Katea, 2014 by Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim


dsc00804Martyrs, 1977 by Molaeb Jamil

dsc00806Opus F1, 2016 Opus AA1, 2016 and Quo0n Iye Yaad Phir Uskey, 2015 by Rasheed Arleen

Children of the Earth, 2016 and Motherhood, 2016 by Amalie Beljafla

Dui Chi, 2016 by Wang Dongling

dsc00816Swann Morton Scalpel 2014, Deltacortril Enteric 5mg 30 enteric coated tablets 2014, Zarontin PD 237 2014, Sedated PE 2014, Theo-24 300mg cub 2852 2014 and VISKEN 5 (Mint) 2014 by Damien Hirst

Dome of the Rock Niche 1, 2016 and Dome of the Rock Niche 1 (detail), 2016 by Ben Johnson

Untitled, 2016 and Love by Chagall, 2016 in bronze, 2016 by Houma Al-Sayed

dsc00822Untitled, 2016 by Nabil Nahas

dsc00827Do Not Revenge, 1982 by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Imran Qureshi

dsc00834Migration, 2016 by Ali Banisadr



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dsc00848New Kiss, 2016 by Lee Hwaik


Marilyn Monroe (John F. Kennedy), 2016 by Kim Dong-Yoo

dsc00855Stretched Perm, 2015 by Nadia Kaabi-Linke

Desintegration, 2016 (handmade woollen carpet) by Faig Ahmed


dsc00860Dubai Series II, 2014 by Zeinab Al Hashemi

dsc00865The Observing Eye, 2012 by Gavin Turk

Abu Dhabi Art

Location: Manarat Al Saadiyat (and various locations across the capital)

Date: Wednesday 16th – Saturday 19th November

Opening Times: Daily 2:00pm – 10:00pm


All views are my own. Unless otherwise stated all photos on this page © Jo Brett 2016. All rights reserved.

Read more about Abu Dhabi Art in my previous posts Preview: Abu Dhabi Art 2015, In Pictures: Abu Dhabi Art 2015Seeing Through Light – Guggenheim Abu Dhabi CollectionTalking ArtIn Pictures: Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2014 and In Pictures: Art Dhabi Art 2013






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