GLOBAL ART FORUM 2009

Global Art Forum 03

Each year, the Global Art Forum brings together a diverse line-up of artists, curators, musicians, writers and thought leaders. The Forum is recognised for its collaborative, innovative approach to the art world and draws on other disciplines and experiences to take a broad ‘helicopter view’. It includes performance, music, commissioned research and projects alongside live talks.


Over the years, the Forum has toured to Qatar, Kuwait, France and the UK, and grown to include publications, workshops and other educational initiatives.





Returning for a third successful year at Art Dubai, The Global Art Forum played host to a series of lectures and discussions featuring leading contemporary art thinkers. The forum continued to create links between East and West through the exploration of professional and public interests in art. It examined public support for the arts, corporate and private collecting and art patronage taking into consideration the state of the economic climate. Other topics were creating spaces and audiences and ‘The Art Party’, focusing on cities such as Athens, Moscow and Tehran.


Global Art Forum 3 included more than 20 hours of discussion on issues critical to the Middle East and international art landscapes, including 59 speakers.


The programme was supported by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).


Art Dubai was pleased to welcome The National as the Official Media Partner of the Global Art Forum in 2009.






GLOBAL ART FORUM 03: SESSIONS



DAY 1

MONDAY MARCH 15, 2009

MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART, DOHA




WELCOME & INTRODUCTION


Roger Mandle (Director Qatar Museums Authority, Doha)


DISCUSSION: Creating an Audience: Museums and Art Institutions and the Public 


Max Hollein (Director Schirn Kunsthalle, Städel Museum and Liebieghaus Sculpture Collection)

Roger Mandle (Director Qatar Museums Authority)

Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky (Hermitage Museum)

Oliver Watson (Chief Curator Museum of Islamic Arts)

Marc Olivier Whaler (Director, Palais de Tokyo)


PRESENTATION: Building Museums


Gail Dexter Lord (Co-President, Lord Cultural Resources)


DISCUSSION: Creating Spaces: Cultural Development and Art Practices


Gilane Tawadros (Independent curator and writer, former Director of in IVA)

Dr.Abdulla Al-Thani (Vice President of Education at Qatar Foundation, Founder of Al Markhiya Gallery)

Dr. Nada Shabout (Associate Professor at the University of North Texas, author of Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics)

Moataz Nasr (Artist, Founder of Darb 1718)

Wassan Al-Khudhairi (Collections Curator at the Arab Museum of Modern Art)


DISCUSSION: The Museum of the future


All speakers sat the Forum and selected guests from the audience will be asked before they come to submit the 10 issues they believe will be critical in building the museum of the future. The results of this questionnaire will be developed and discussed with Hans Ulrich Obrist.


Hans Ulrich Obrist (Co Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery).






DAY 2

WEDNESDAY MARCH 18, 2009
MADINAT JUMEIRAH, DUBAI




DISCUSSION: Good Morning Russia


Yuri Avvakumov (Architectand designer)

Joseph Backstein (Founding Director of the Moscow Biennale)

Maria Baibakova (Director, Baibakov Art Projects)

Fioydeor Boehme (Makhachkala)

Olga Sviblova (Head of the House of Photography in Moscow and Curator)


CONVERSATION: Hans Ulrich Obrist with Susan Hefuna


Susan Hefuna (Artist)

Hans Ulrich Obrist (Co Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery)


DISCUSSION: Is Collecting a Statement or a Cause? 


Richard Flood (Chief Curator, New Museum)

Maja Hoffmann (Collector)

Lekha Poddar (Collector)

Sultan Al-Qassemi (Collector)

Farid Sarroukh (Collector)


LEGENDS INTERVIEW: Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Abbas Kiarostami


Abbas Kiarostami (Filmmaker)

Hans Ulrich Obrist (Co Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery)


Press Announcement “Opening” by the UAE Pavilion for the 53rd Venice Biennale 


Featuring Tirdad Zolghadr, Curator of the UAE Pavilion and Dr. Lamees Hamdan Commissioner to the Office of the UAE Pavilion. Special recognition for this event to Mishaal Al Gergawi and Christian Matthiesen of Jackson Pollock Bar.


LEGENDS INTERVIEW: Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Marwan Kassab Bachi


Marwan Kassab Bachi (Artist)

Hans Ulrich Obrist (Co Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery)


The Art of the Party: Bob Colacello in conversation with Jerome Sans, Simon de Pury and Hilwé Hilwé


Bob Colacello (Writer, Columnist presenting OUT)

Hilwé Hilwé (Artist)

Jerome Sans (Director, UCCA)

Simon de Pury (Chairman, Phillips de Pury & Company)


The Party as Performance


Curated by Jerome Sans and Le BaronAndré, Benjamin and Samuel






DAY 3

THURSDAY MARCH 19, 2009
MADINAT JUMEIRAH, DUBAI




The Arts and Cultural Heritage: A Contemporary View 
Hosted by ADACH (Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage)




INTRODUCTION


Andras Szántó (Senior Faculty, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Director, NEA Arts Journalism Institute, Colombia University)


DISCUSSION: The Heritage Museum in a Modern Age


Dr Sami El-Masri (Director of Strategic Planning Office, ADACH)

Richard West (former Director and Founder, National Museum of the American Indian and prominent ICOM member)

Elizabeth Duggal (Associate Director, the Natural History Museum – The Smithsonian Institution)


PRESENTATION: ADACH Platform for Venice


Catherine David (Curator, Artistic Director ADACH, Platform for Venice)


PANEL: Building on Collecting


Judith Greer (Writer, Collector)

Louisa Buck (Writer, Art Critic)

Abdulla Al-Amri (Director, the Department of Arts and Culture, ADACH)


Book signing, Judith Greer and Louisa Buck – Owning Art: An Art Collectors Handbook
Arabic edition published by ADACH






DAY 4

FRIDAY MARCH 20, 2009
MADINAT JUMEIRAH, DUBAI




Rules of Attraction: Cultural Destinations and Audiences 




DISCUSSION: Brave New World: The New Deal in the Art World 


Miguel Agueli (Artist)

Josh Baer (Writer, publisher,The Baer Faxt)

Paolo Colombo (Curator, Advisor, Modern Istanbul)

Richard Flood (Chief Curator, New Museum)

Katherine Gass (Curator, Jumeirah Essex House)

Alexandros Stanas (Director, Art Athina)


Building on and Building with Biennials


Suha Ahmed (Founding Member, Foundation for the Arts)

Dr. Lamees Hamdan (Commissionaire, UAE Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale)

Xenia Kalpaktsoglou (Artistic Director, Athens Biennial)

Poka-Yio (Artist, Co-curator, Athens Biennial)


Historical Sites and New Art Cities 


Manal Ataya (Director General, Sharjah Museums Department)

Derya Bigali (Manager, Akbank Art Centre)

Katerina Koskina (President of the Board of Trustees, State Museum of Contemporary Art)

Janah Saadeh (Chief Financial Officer, Consult Overseas Ltd.)




GLOBAL ART FORUM 03: CONTRIBUTORS




Miguel Agueli
Suha Ahmed
Dr.Abdulla Al-Thani
Abdulla Al-Amri
Manal Ataya
Fereydoun Ave
Yuri Avvakumov
Negar Azimi
Marwan Kassab Bachi
Joseph Backstein
Josh Baer
Maria Baibakova
Shumon Basar
Derya Bigali
Daniel Birnbaum
Fioydeor Boehme
Louisa Buck
Bob Colacello
Paolo Colombo
Catherine David
Elizabeth Duggal
Richard Flood
Shahab Fotouhi




Katherine Gass
Amirali Ghasemi
Judith Greer
Dr. Lamees Hamdan
Susan Hefuna
Hilwé Hilwé
Maja Hoffmann
Max Hollein
Xenia Kalpaktsoglou
Wassan Al-Khudhairi
Abbas Kiarostami
Katerina Koskina
Thomas Krens
Adila Laïdi-Hanieh
Gail Dexter Lord
Sohrab Mahdavi
Roger Mandle
Dr Sami El-Masri
Omar Mrad
Moataz Nasr
H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky




Lekha Poddar
Simon de Pury
Sultan Al-Qassemi
Janah Saadeh
Jerome Sans
Farid Sarroukh
Dr. Cynthia P. Schneider
Nasrin Seraji
Henri Shabistari
Dr. Nada Shabout
Alexandros Stanas
Hassan Subhi
Olga Sviblova
Andras Szántó
Gilane Tawadros
Christine Tohmé
Oliver Watson
Richard West
Marc Olivier Whaler
Poka-Yio
Tirdad Zolghadr