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Art Here 2022

Richard Mille Art Prize


Extended until 19 March 2023

An Icon is at once an object, an image, and a symbol. Its material qualities are as important as what it represents. To be ‘iconic’ is to represent and embody something unique and undefinable that delivers an immediate effect. It involves a physical encounter with an art object, a sublime experience which is often heightened by media representation.

How does contemporary art help us rethink the notion of an artistic icon in the 21st century? What is the role of the museum in both addressing and conferring the iconic status of art? These are questions Louvre Abu Dhabi seeks to answer five years after opening its doors to the world, with its second Art Here exhibition and art prize, centred on the notion of “The Icon”.

Rand Abdul Jabbar awarded 2022 Richard Mille Art Prize

The Richard Mille Art Prize 2022 was awarded to Rand Abdul Jabbar, in a ceremony that took place in a surprise location overlooking Abu Dhabi’s skyline with Louvre Abu Dhabi’s stunning architecture as a backdrop.
To know more about Rand Abdul Jabbar and her work – click here.
This year’s jury selected ten artists from over 246 submissions. The ten shortlisted artists were invited to exhibit their work in the exhibition from 18 November 2022 to 19 March 2023.
We’re happy to announce the 2023 edition of Art Here will be curated by Maya El Khalil (Bio) under the theme ‘Transparency’. Stay tuned for more information on how to apply.


To learn more about the artists and their artworks

Afra Al Dhaheri
Ayman Zedani
Dana Awartani
Elizabeth Dorazio
Manal Al Dowayan
Rand Abdul Jabbar
Shaikha Al Mazrou
Simrin Mehra Agarwal
Vikram Divecha
Zeinab AlHashemi

Reem Fadda Director of the Cultural Foundation, Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi


Reem Fadda

Director of the Cultural Foundation

Reem Fadda is a curator and art historian based in Abu Dhabi. From 2010 to 2016, Fadda worked at the Guggenheim Museum as Associate Curator, Middle Eastern Art, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project. From 2005 to 2007, Fadda was Director of the Palestinian Association for Contemporary Art (PACA), Ramallah and served as Academic Director for the International Academy of Art Palestine, Ramallah, which she helped establish.
She has curated many international exhibitions and biennials, including the Saudi Arabia National Pavilion, 59th Venice Biennale (2022), Desert X Al Ula (2022), Jerusalem Lives (Tahya Al Quds), The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit (2017); em>Not New Now, 6th Marrakech Biennale (2016) and the United Arab Emirates National Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (2013).
Fadda was awarded the eighth Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement in 2017 and is a 2019 Fellow of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.
She currently works as Director of the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Cultural Sites.


HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of UAE Unlimited, an art collector and patron of the Centre Pompidou, the British Museum and Sharjah Art Foundation.

HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

Chairman of UAE Unlimited, an art collector and patron of the Centre Pompidou, the British Museum and Sharjah Art Foundation

H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 2011 receiving his Master of Arts with Honours in Middle Eastern Studies and Modern History.

Sheikh Zayed is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alliances for Global Sustainability (AGS) and also serves on several non-profit boards, including Make A Wish Foundation-UAE. He is Chairman of the Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian and Scientific Foundation, and also chairs the Board of Trustees for the Sultan bin Khalifa Thalassemia International Award.

A prominent patron and collector of the arts, Sheikh Zayed is the founder and chairman of the satellite art platform UAE Unlimited that supports emerging local artists based in the UAE.

Sheikh Zayed is also a board member of the British Museum and Centre Pompidou for the acquisition of Middle Eastern Art.

Morad Montazami

Curator, Art historian, publisher, director of Zamân Books & Curating

Morad Montazami is an art historian, a publisher and a curator. After serving at Tate Modern (London) between 2014-2019 as curator « Middle East and North Africa », he developed the publishing and curatorial platform Zamân Books & Curating to explore Arab, African and Asian modernities. He published numerous essays on artists such as Zineb Sedira, Walid Raad, Latif Al-Ani, Faouzi Laatiris, Michael Rakowitz, Mehdi Moutashar, Behjat Sadr, etc. and curated among other projects Bagdad Mon Amour, Institut des cultures d’Islam, Paris, 2018; New Waves: Mohamed Melehi and the Casablanca Art School, The Mosaic Rooms, London/MACCAL, Marrakech/Alserkal Arts Foundation, Dubai, 2019-2020; Douglas Abdell : Reconstructed Traphouse, Cromwell Space, Londres, 2021 ; Monaco-Alexandria. The Great Detour. World-Capitals and Cosmopolitan Surrealism, Nouveau Musée National, Monaco, 2021-2022.

Curator, Art historian, publisher, director of Zamân Books & Curating

Dr. Souraya Noujaim, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Scientific, Curatorial and Collections Management Director.

Dr. Souraya Noujaim

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Scientific, Curatorial and Collections Management Director.

Dr. Souraya Noujaim was appointed the first Scientific, Curatorial and Collections Management Director at Louvre Abu Dhabi in February 2018. She oversees and leads the curatorial strategy of the museum, the new developments of its narrative, the acquisition and research strategy as well as the exhibition programming. Noujaim is closely involved in the transfer of knowledge which contributes to training new young curators. Prior to her assignment, she was the lead curator at the Agence-France Muséums responsible for the scientific and cultural programming of Medieval and Islamic art.

Noujaim began her career at Musée du Louvre and has since worked for major cultural institutions such as the Arab World Institute (IMA) and the British Museum. As part of the “Grand Louvre” project, she took part in the opening of the first Islamic Art Department rooms of Musée du Louvre and in landmark exhibitions at Musée du Louvre and Grand Palais. She has taught at the École du Louvre for several years where in 2013 she held the Islamic Art History chair.

Souraya Noujaim holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Art History and Archaeology, with a degree in Museum studies and postgraduate research diplomas from École du Louvre and Paris- Sorbonne University. She also studied Arabic Islamic civilization at the INALCO.

Hala Wardé

Founding architect of HW Architecture, long-term partner of Jean Nouvel, and the lead of the Louvre Abu Dhabi project.

Born in Lebanon in 1965, Hala Wardé trained as an architect at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris where she studied with Paul Virilio, Bernard Tschumi and Jean Nouvel, with whom she worked for over 20 years.

In 2008, Hala Wardé established HW architecture, her own architectural practice, and continued collaborating with Ateliers Jean Nouvel in the framework of a privileged partnership. Hala Wardé was in charge of the One New Change office and retail project in London, delivered in 2010, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi landmark museum which she led from inception in 2006 through to delivery in 2017.

In 2016, Hala Wardé won the architectural competition for BeMA (Beirut Museum of Art), a future landmark museum in the Lebanese capital. In 2018, her studio was selected to design “Le Mirabeau” in the maritime quarter of Marseille, currently under construction.

In 2019, she wins together with Jean Nouvel the competition for the ‘Sharaan resort’ located near by the historical site of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia.

In parallel, Hala Wardé collaborates regularly with artists, for site-specific interventions in relation to the built environments, such as Guiseppe Penone, Etel Adnan and most recently Nan Goldin for the exposition Visible/Invisible at the Palace of Versailles.
Hala Wardé is the curator of the Lebanese Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021 with the project “A Roof for Silence”.

Hala Wardé, founding architect of HW Architecture, long-term partner of Jean Nouvel, and the lead of the Louvre Abu Dhabi project.
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