Art Dubai 2017 at Madinat Jumeirah

Art Dubai 2017, being the 11th Edition of the International Art Fair, showcased work by over 500 artists from across the world!


This year Art Dubai 2017 was held at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai from 15th to 18th March. Artists from over 44 countries participated and set up around 90 galleries. The event was open to general public upon buying the entry ticket worth AED 50 for one day and AED 80 for a three day pass.

The event was held in partnership with The Abraaj Group and is sponsored by Julius Baer and Piaget.


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As the worlds most global art fair, Art Dubai is the preeminent platform to interact with art from the Middle East and North Africa. Art Dubai has become the essential gathering place for collectors, artists and art professionals from across the region and beyond.



Around 90 art booths were set up at the venue, divided into 3 galleries. 2 being allotted to Contemporary Art and 1 to Modern Art.

Apart from these, the event also included performance art and public art attractions, the details of which were displayed on the website.The event took place at beautiful location in Dubai: Madinat Jumeirah. So the visitors of the event were also seen enjoying the sun at the Art Dubai Bar set up outside for snacks and drinks.

The event was very well organised given that there was so much going on apart from the Art galleries. All of this included various art book stalls, Art catalogs on sale, facilities such as mobile charging booth, deposit booth and food bars.


Kids and grown ups surely loved this small passage/tunnel created by Meraas Dubai. It connected Gallery 1 and 2, and displayed various paintings and images in form of animations and digital photos. The tunnel had screens not just on the sides but also on the ground and roof. Have a look at it yourself!

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While the entire event was a visual treat, there were some pieces I wanted to look at closely and for longer. Here are a few of them. Could only gather information on some of those, which is as follows:

  • Zheng Lu’s water dripping art, made from stainless steel.
  • Kim Jae Yong’s Donut spin me around
  • Mubarizun’s Warrior made with hand-beaten stainless steel.

Told you, they are all a visual treat. And trust me when I say that the pictures do not justify the beauty of watching them up-close.

The modern art gallery was no less but on a personal level, it was the contemporary art I did not want to move my eyes away from. So I am going to close my post with the following qoute, that explains contemporary art like no other:

“… It is in nature of comtemporary art to present itself as a bad risk. And we the public should be proud of being in this predicament, because nothing else would seem to us quite true to life, and art, after all is supposed to be the mirror of life!”

– Leo Steinberg

Thank you for reading, do comment if you like it. Here are some more pictures 🙂


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