Art Dubai Modern 2023: galleries and artists

March 1st opens Art Dubai, the Middle East’s leading international art fair, taking place every March in Dubai, UAE. Over the past 16 years, Art Dubai has cemented its role in being a major catalyst in the local, regional and international conversations on art from the Middle East and surrounding region (MENASA – Middle East, North Africa & South Asia), and putting art from these territories onto the global map.

Mouna Mekouar and Lorenzo Giusti are the curators of Art Dubai Modern 2023, the one of a kind platform, focusing on Modern art from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. ( 3-5/3/2023 ). The section focuses on solo shows dedicated to a particular period or thematic dialogue and features artists working between the 1950s and 1990s whose works are retrospectively playing a key role in today’s artistic landscape.


1 – Third Line Gallery (Dubai) – Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (Qazvin, Iran 1922- Tehran, Iran 2019)

2-3 – Mark Hachem Gallery (Paris) – Helen El-Khal (Allentown-Pennsylvania, USA 1923 – Ajaltoun, Lebanon 2009) – Hussein Madi (Chebaa, Lebanon 1938)

4 – October Gallery (London) – James Barnor (Accra, Ghana 1929)

5 – Andree Sfeir-Semler Gallery (Beirut – Hamburg) – Marwan (Damascus, Syria 1934 – Berlin, Germany 2016) 

6 – DAG Gallery (New Delhi)  – Natvar Bhavsar (Gothava-Gujarat, India 1934)

7 – Aicon Gallery (New York) – Rasheed Araeen (Karachi, Pakistan 1935)

8 – Gallery One (Ramallah)  – Samir Salameh (Safad, Palestine 1943- Le Grand Lucé, France 2018)

9 – Lawrie Shabibi Gallery (Dubai) – Mona Saudi (Amman, Jordan 1945 – Beirut, Lebabon 1922)

10 – Agial Art Gallery (Beirut) – Nazir Ismail (Damascus, Syria 1948 – Damascus, Syria 2016)