The UAE announces a long-term hospitality agreement reached with la Biennale di Venezia for a “Permanent Pavilion” in the Arsenale – Sale d’Armi.

The exhibition is being held from
1 June – 24 November, 2013.


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About the National Pavilion of the UAE

Initiated and supported by His Excellency Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development; the National Pavilion of the UAE continues to be developed and presented under the leadership of its Commissioner, Dr. Lamees Hamdan, a leader in the art and culture scene in the UAE and member of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.

While there are countless annual and biennial art events across the world, Venice is the first and the most important in the global art scene. Thus, the Venice Biennale is the ideal international arena for the United Arab Emirates to showcase its contemporary artists and their art practices, within one of the most highly respected international platforms available.

The UAE has already presented two widely acclaimed iterations of the National Pavilion at the 53rd and 54th International Art Exhibitions. In 2009, the UAE made history becoming the first gulf nation to present a National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The exhibition “It’s Not You, It’s Me” was curated by Tirdad Zolghadr and featured the work of featured artist Lamya Gargash alongside 2 video installations and the showcase artists; Ebtisam AbdulAziz, Huda Said Saif and Tareq Al Ghussain.  In 2011, the UAE presented its second National Pavilion curated by Vasif Kortun and featuring Emirati artists, Reem Al Ghaith, Abdullah Al Saadi and Lateefa bint Maktoum.


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