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Schermata 2014-01-24 a 14.23.06

Art in Dubay
by Giacomo Belloni

I was sitting directly below “The Address”, one of the most exclusive skyscrapers in Dubai, enjoying the gentle spring breeze, nestled in a sunset of almost paradoxical tints. The infinite shades of a declining sun were presented to my wonderment after having been caressed by the warm red sand of the desert, from the silent sparkle of the Persian Gulf and after having been reflected from the darkened crystals of the Burj Khalifa burnished in a thousand hues ranging from orange and pink to pale lilac. The atmosphere was unreal, almost metaphysical, and in my mind, as well as that of the incredulous spectators, reached a rare state of calm and serenity. While I basked in the magical sunset an enveloping suddenly hovers in the air, and immediately after, the dancing to its rhythm, playful spurts of water, also coloured pink and lilac, due to the lights projected onto the fountains.

One could speak and write at length about Dubai and, in its case, perhaps more than many other cities, one would not grow weary of doing so. Dubai has incomparable charm: dynamism and energy characterize it as one of the most desirable and seductive of destinations, be it for the pretentious tourist, rewarded by an endless amount of spectacular attractions, as for those who want to permanently change their life, attracted by the countless opportunities and excellent investment options that this paradise offers. Of course the effects of this affluence has not bypassed Contemporary Art: today Dubai is one of the places that, more than any other in the world, attract dealers, collectors and experts. Contemporary art has reserved for itself a small but exclusive corner of the city: Gate Village. This district is an architectural complex that stands on an elevated base. It is here, on this raised level, open and airy, that you will find galleries and spaces for art. The proportions and volumes were naturally designed to shade the street below, as is dictated by Arab tradition, to provide relief during the hottest periods. The street that accommodate the galleries welcome visitors by offering suggestive visions, which differ every time you change perspective thanks to a layout of articulated paths, and charming courtyards, which are almost intimate. Each gallery look out on the exteriors with elegance, offering a welcoming atmosphere that suits the discrete visitor. The Gate Village facades are covered with stone slabs that create different patterns depending on the orientation of the architecture they adorn, tastefully framing the large shop windows. These rely on natural lighting, and it is only when absolutely necessary , that artificial light is used to illuminate the works of art. In the elegant galleries are displayed works of excellent quality, including those of famous artists as well as those of emerging artists, many of whom local. Dubai is a multicultural metropolis, perhaps like no other places in the world, the proportion between natives and foreigners making up about 91% of the total. This multiethnicity is reflected in an unparalleled multiculturalism that makes the city in a wonderful crossroads, a stage for world art that is enriched with precious hybridizations, a babel unique in the world. Cultured and refined, the Art in Dubai welcomes the liveliness of the place and reflects it in its works. Art in the Emirates also means
Art Dubai – one of the most important exhibitions of the Middle East – hosting more than 80 galleries from all over the world. In Dubai the word of art thus moves frantically; its creative energy never wastes an opportunity to manifest itself with a vigor that has no equal in the world. Admittedly Art Dubai, consists of its fair, its galleries, the old city as well as anything that is even marginally related to art. It should however be considered that the city of Dubai itself is an expression of art in all its forms. It is in its urban structure in the design of skyscrapers, in the architecture of its neighbourhoods.

Dubai is art even if we merely limit ourselves to observing the electricity pylons that stand on the sand forming a filamentous tissue of unique charm, tracing a contemporary mosaic pattern that is beautiful as an abstract work of art. Furthermore Dubai is also poetry, when one stops to listen to the silence of the desert, a silent that brings us back, as only immensity can, to deepest and unreachable parts of ourselves.


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