Dubai: The Dubai Collection, the first institutional collection of modern and contemporary art for the city of Dubai, has announced the launch of a new initiative, Dubai Collection Nights, a week-long series of events set to take place annually, with its first edition held from March 25–31.
The Dubai Collection is an initiative of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, and runs in collaboration with Art Dubai Group. It offers the public an opportunity to explore important artworks and to encourage a new, long-term culture of collecting in the emirate.
“This is created to offer a new platform for local audiences to explore the stories in the collection and connect our communities of artists, collectors, and art professionals,” Ms. Al Gurg added.
Ms. Benedetta Ghione, Executive Director of Art Dubai, commented that “Dubai Collection Nights is the first dedicated initiative that will bring together the wider Dubai Collection community in the city for the first time. The line-up of activities is an important opportunity for our local audiences to see the collection and connect with Dubai-based artists and patrons. Talks and debates will bring to the forefront the voices of professionals and collectors committed to changing the landscape of institutional collecting, while every day during the week-long event there will be an opportunity for the public to see artworks and learn more about the collection.”
Panel discussions with influential art professionals on institution building and collecting, insight into the A.R.M. Holding corporate collection demonstrating how corporations are becoming an integral part of Dubai’s creative landscape, film screenings, rare opportunities to visit our patrons’ private collections, and visits to the studios of renowned UAE-based artists will be included in the first edition.