Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode three: how the UAE art scene became a force to be reckoned with

Art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac and curator Maya Allison tell us how the nation’s creative ambitions have blossomed. Plus: Silver Lion-winning musician and artist Hassan Khan on his Abu Dhabi Art performance

David Clack

David Clack

This week, The Art Newspaper is in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, to bring you a special, three-part series of podcasts during a memorable week.

The podcast is available on our website and all the usual places where you find podcasts including iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud and TuneIn.

In the podcast

  • Thaddeus Ropac, who has galleries in London, Paris and Salzburg, has been coming to Abu Dhabi Art since it began nine years ago. We spoke to him just after he flew in from Shanghai, where the gallery is also participating in the ART021 fair, about emerging art markets and the development of the UAE art scene.
  • The curator and founding director of the art gallery at New York University Abu Dhabi, Maya Allison, talks about the working in the UAE's art scene and organising Abu Dhabi's Gateway section, which is draws parallels between Emirati and international artists.
  • We share an excerpt from a performance by the Silver Lion-winning Egyptian artist and musician Hassan Khan, who performed at this year's Abu Dhabi Art won the Silver Lion for “Promising Young Artist” at the Venice Biennale this year.

That's a wrap!

Thanks for listening to our Abu Dhabi Focus podcast series. You can listen back to the previous episodes, and find our weekly podcast episodes, here.

Want to find out more?

You can find all of our Abu Dhabi Focus coverage here, including a video from inside Louvre Abu Dhabi and from the opening of Abu Dhabi Art. Keep up to date with all of our news from Abu Dhabi and beyond on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.