Louvre Abu Dhabi and Richard Mille Open Call for Artist Recipients of Major Prize

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Louvre Abu Dhabi has just revealed the international jury panel for the inaugural edition of the ‘Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2021’ exhibition and The Richard Mille Art Prize. The exhibition, which was announced last month, will serve as an annual platform to showcase contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums. The idea behind this project is to bring together regional artists, and give them a space to to express themselves while celebrating their talent.

Selected from diverse artistic spheres including curatorial, architectural, and institutional, the panel consists of four distinguished jury members. The jury will first finalize the list of artists selected to participate in the upcoming exhibition from the open call for proposals. After ‘Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2021’ launches, they will award cash amount of USD 50,000 to the selected recipient of The Richard Mille Art Prize.

The 2021 jury members are His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of UAE Unlimited Christine Macel, the chief curator at the Musée National d’art Moderne and founding architect of HW Architecture, Hala Wardé, and Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Scientific, Curatorial and Collections Management Director Dr. Souraya Noujaim.

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“‘Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2021’ breathes new life into the role of the museum by not merely celebrating the past, but rooting and contextualizing contemporary art in its present setting through interactions and links with contemporary artists,” says Dr. Noujaim. “We are happy to launch this new chapter in collaboration with Richard Mille, marking Louvre Abu Dhabi’s continued extension into contemporary art and highlighting our ever-present dedication to local artistic talent. For this first edition, we are privileged to have the support and expertise of our esteemed jury members, who have demonstrated their commitment to Louvre Abu Dhabi and their strong interest in the local contemporary art scene,” she further adds.

For its first year, UAE-based artists are invited to submit proposals around the theme of ‘Memory, Time, and Territory’. This theme is particularly relevant in the context of the UAE’s Jubilee celebration, allowing artists to reflect on the country’s legacy as a territory where questions of past, present, and future overlap. The exhibition and prize will also bring to light the amazing local talent in the country as part of the UAE’s wider 50th National Day celebrations.

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