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Art Here 2021
Richard Mille Art Prize

Memory, Time, Territory
18 November 2021 – 27 March 2022


What does it mean for a museum to be an integral part of its territory? What is the place of contemporary art in a universal story of human creativity? These questions are at the heart of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first annual Art Here exhibition. For this inaugural year, UAE-based artists were invited to submit proposals around the theme of ‘Memory, Time and Territory’, and our distinguished panel of international art experts have selected seven artists to exhibit as part of the exhibition in the museum’s Forum. Following the exhibition launch $50,000 cash prize will be awarded to the 2021 winner of The Richard Mille Art Prize.

Memory, time and territory are central ideas in Louvre Abu Dhabi’s universal narrative. Throughout the galleries we discover how memory plays an important role in shaping collective identity, opening a space for stories to be told, a place for individuals, communities, and societies to find meaning. The Louvre Abu Dhabi story begins in the prehistoric era and continues to the contemporary age, where time accelerates and space contracts. In today’s world, where past, present and future seem to co-exist, the relation between memory and territory has become more complex. These concerns are addressed by the artists selected for the first edition of Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here. Each explores the question of memory and belonging, the geography of identity, through their own personal engagement with particular territories. Living in the UAE, they are uniquely placed to respond to such questions. In its Jubilee year, the country celebrates an extraordinary development, occurring in half a century, from nomadic culture to globalised contemporary society. The geographical environment is marked by this transformation, resulting in the unique image of a rapidly expanding urban landscape set against the backdrop of a still, silent desert terrain. This sight, a constant reference point for life in the UAE, offers all residents a visual reminder of how the past persists in the present and how the present is permanently marked by a future under construction.

This exhibition and art prize shine a spotlight on the extraordinary contemporary art scene in the UAE, creating a new stage at Louvre Abu Dhabi for artists, giving them a platform to be seen and heard, and a space in which to express themselves and come together. It represents a further extension of the role of the museum as a repository for art works and objects celebrating the past but also as a space of interaction and exchange for contemporary art.


The Richard Mille Art Prize 2021 was awarded to Nasser Alzayani, in a ceremony that took place under the iconic dome of Louvre Abu Dhabi.

To know more about Nasser Alzayani and his work – click here.

Celebrating the contemporary art scene of the UAE, this year’s jury selected seven artists from over 240 submissions who took part in Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first Art Here Call for proposals. The seven shortlisted artists were invited to exhibit their work in the museum from 18 November 2021 to 27 March 2022.

The Art Here 2022 theme and Call for proposals will be announced soon, so stay tuned.


Cristiana de Marchi
Latifa Saeed
Mays Albaik
Nasser Alzayani
Taus Makhacheva
Mohammed Kazem
Tarek Al-Ghoussein


Richard Mille and Louvre Abu Dhabi share the values of excellence in innovation, creativity, mastery and savoir-faire. The Richard Mille Art Prize will redefine the benchmarks of contemporary creativity, with a goal to offer exceptional artists the opportunity to create a new dimension of their potential. For more about Richard Mille, Please visit

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