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Art Dubai Modern is devoted to modern art from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, presented by regionally and internationally based galleries. Each exhibitor presents a solo or two-person show, featuring work by modern masters from the twentieth century (up to the year 2000). 


See the full list of galleries selected for Art Dubai Modern 2016 here, with more detail on the scope of the 2016 edition here


Galleries were asked to submit proposals for booth exhibitions by artists whose work has proven highly influential during the twentieth century and on later generations of artists, and were encouraged to focus on a particular period or thematic within an artist’s practice.

Proposals are reviewed by an Advisory Committee, made up of curators and historians with a particular interest in modernist practices of the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The committee discusses each application, basing their final selection on the curatorial strength of the gallery exhibition programme and the gallery’s submitted proposal.



Art Dubai Modern is advised by a specialist Advisory Committee, made up of renowned curators and historians including:

  • Savita Apte
  • art historian specialising in modern and contemporary South Asian art and former chair of The Abraaj Group Art Prize
  • Catherine David
  • renowned curator with an extensive experience in the Middle East, whose exhibitions include Documenta X, currently Deputy Director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne
  • Kristine Khouri
  • researcher and a writer based in Beirut and co-founder of the History of Arab Modernities in the Visual Arts Study Group
  • Nada Shabout

an art historian specialising in modern Arab and Iraqi art and Consulting Director of Research at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art 


  • Bisi Silva
  • renowned curator specialising in modern and contemporray African art and founder/director of Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA,Lagos)

Should you have any questions please email Lea Chikhani lea@artdubai.ae.
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