Louvre Abu Dhabi Announces Nominated Artists for Art Here 2024 and Richard Mille Art Prize

Louvre Abu Dhabi Announces Nominated Artists for Art Here 2024 and Richard Mille Art Prize

The Louvre Abu Dhabi 2024 Art Exhibition featuring works by selected artists will run from September 20 to December 15, 2024.

IranianFive artists have been shortlisted for the annual Richard Mille art award, organised by the Swiss watchmaker and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The competition is now in its fourth year, and the works of shortlisted artists will be showcased at the end of the year at the Art Here 2024 exhibition at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The winner of the $60,000 prize will be announced in the coming months.

According to The National, a total of 230 entries were received this year, marking the first time the award has been opened up to artists from North Africa. Previously, only artists from the GCC were eligible.

The shortlisted nominees include Sarah Almehairi and Lamya Gargash, both from the United Arab Emirates; Ferielle Doulain-Zouari, a French-Tunisian artist; Moataz Nasr from Egypt and Nicene Kossentini from Tunisia.

Artists have submitted work under this year’s theme of Awakening, a concept that explores openness, beginnings, choices and decisions. Shortlisted artists are expected to create a diverse range of works in the mediums of sculpture and audiovisual installations that explore the theme.

“Awakenings is a powerful theme that challenges artists to delve into moments of change, revelation, and transformation,” said Simon Njami, curator of Art Here 2024 and one of the award’s jurors.

“I can’t wait to discover how artists from the Gulf Cooperation Council and North Africa countries will interpret this concept and express their unique perspectives through art.”

Dubai-based interdisciplinary artist Nabla Yahya, one of seven artists nominated for 2023, received the award in January for her work SoftBank.

Her installation explored the neglected details and complex history of the initial construction of the Suez Canal through a three-dimensional cartographic representation.

2023 Richard Mille Prize winner Nabla Yahya with her installation at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The jury for this year’s award was also announced. The jury included three new creators with diverse backgrounds.

In addition to Njami, who is a lecturer, art critic and novelist, the jury included renowned Emirati poet, artist and film director Nujoom Alghanem, as well as Maya Allison, founding director of NYUAD Art Gallery and chief curator at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Founder and President of the satellite art platform UAE Unlimited, returns to the jury. He is joined by Guilhem Andre, art historian and Scientific Director of Curatorial and Collections Management at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

“This collaboration allows the museum to continually innovate and present new, creative themes, such as Awakenings, inviting artists to engage and translate the concept of openness into visual forms,” said Manuel Rabate, director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

“It is noteworthy that for the first time our open call has included North Africa, underlining our commitment to expanding into new geographies. We are delighted to develop and exhibit the work of the five shortlisted artists.”

Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2024, an art exhibition featuring works by selected artists, will run from September 20 to December 15, 2024.