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State of the art

State of the art

You, 2019, Car door, neon light, 100x95cm

Arabian Homes looks ahead to this year’s Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB), at the International Exhibition and Convention Centre from 6 to 10 March, where technology will play a part with the first “virtual reality corner” of its kind in the Gulf

X cm Weaved 2, 2018, watercolor, soft pastels, thread, marker on paper, 90x60cm

One of the goals of the fourth edition of ArtBAB is “to take visitors beyond the canvases of the gifted artists of Bahrain and the exhibiting gallerists and take them not just across borders but across timeframes, too,” according to Kaneka Subberwal, Fairs and Programme Director. To this end, the 2019 edition of the fair will have a “virtual reality corner”, the first of its kind in the region. Visitors will be offered three different virtual-reality (VR) experiences, enabling them to enter the private virtual museums of the DSL Collection from Paris and the Kremer Collection from Amsterdam. In this way they can also experience VR artworks by prominent contemporary artists, shown by Khora Contemporary, the world’s first VR and augmented-reality (AR) production house, created as a collaboration between Khora VR and the Faurschou Foundation in Copenhagen.

Motherhood, 2018, oil on canvas, 140x160cm Fairooz 1, 2018, Mixed media on wood, 70x70cm Tenderness – by Mayasa Al Sowaidi Amer Alobaidi, The Village, 2007, Mixed media and oil on canvas, 140x140cm (2)

As in previous years, ArtBAB will run a programme of panel discussions, debates and interviews. This year the line-up of more than 40 speakers from 20 countries includes the Director of the National Museum of Singapore and the President EMERI for Christie’s. BlockchainHub from Berlin will give an overview of Blockchain and how the art world can benefit from it, and other discussions will cover the impact of AI, and art and Islamic finance.

New for this year is the “Artisans Across Borders” initiative, which aims to make traditional crafts relevant in the new millennium. The fair will showcase large-scale installations of locally made crafts, a project headlined by Indian fashion designer J J Valaya.

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