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Eleven leading artists have created artworks for public spaces across the site of Expo 2020 Dubai, 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022, that will become permanent landmarks of Dubai's new District 2020.

Participating artists:
Hamra Abbas, Afra Al Dhaheri, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Monira Al Qadiri, Abdullah Al Saadi, Asma Belhamar, Olafur Eliasson, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Khalil Rabah, Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA), Haegue Yang
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Senior Vice President – Arts and Culture:
Dr Hayat Shamsuddin

Curator:
Tarek Abou El Fetouh

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Substantial contemporary artworks by visionary and leading artists will be positioned along a path across the site of Expo 2020 Dubai that creates a narrative of concepts, ideas and aesthetics - a creative journey that sets the tone for the site of Expo 2020, encouraging innovative thinking and imagination of the visitors.

This narrative takes inspiration from the famous Arab mathematician, astronomer, and physicist Ibn al-Haytham’s seminal work, "Book of Optics" (c. 11th century) and allows an exploration of his theories on visual perception, his definitions of vision, recognition and the impossibility of envisioning a full picture of reality within oneself, without the power of imagination.
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Aligning with the ambitious urban plans of the Expo 2020 site to be repurposed and developed into a two million square meter 'city' called District 2020, the public art programme will create an important platform for contemporary art in the neighbourhood with permanent public art works interwoven within the urban fabric of the district.

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About Expo Dubai

About Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo ever hosted in the MEASA region (Middle East, Africa and South Asia.) From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, under the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future," it will showcase the best examples of innovation and cooperation of more than 200 participants - including 191 countries, as well as multilateral organisations, businesses and educational establishments.

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Expo 2020 Dubai

1 October 2021 - 31 March 2022
Saturday - Wednesday 10:00 - 00:00
Thursday and Friday 10:00 - 02:00

Expo Road, Dubai South
Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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From information by Expo 2020 Dubai Public Art Programme.
© Cover photo on top: Monira Al Qadiri, Chimera (detail), 2021. Aluminium, iridescent automotive paint, 450 x 470 x 490 cm. © Monira Al Qadiri 2021. Commissioned by and collection of Expo 2020 Dubai.

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