For the country's fiftieth anniversary, and in collaboration with Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced its first major contemporary art prize open to artists from around the world.
Starting this November, and in celebration of the UAE’s 50th anniversary, the Richard Mille Art Prize plans to offer $50,000 to one artist, selected from an open call.
“We already know that world-class artists live among us. This new prize and accompanying exhibition will serve to highlight the best of the UAE’s current artistic talent in a year when our nation celebrates 50 years of achievements and looks ahead to the next 50 years” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, which oversees the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
A shortlist of four to six artists will also receive a handsome reward: the right to exhibit their work, entitled Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2021, in the heart of the Forum, a space dedicated to contemporary art at the museum. And everyone is entitled to participate and compete for the prize, which will be awarded through an open call and jury.
Looking at the country’s changes
For the first edition, the theme Memory, Time and Territory invites artists to reflect on the enormous changes the country has undergone since its foundation, as well as on personal stories and memories and ideas for the future. Entries are open until Tuesday 31 August.
A commitment with Richard Mille
The engagement between the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Richard Mille is confirmed for the next decade. Richard Mille has previously worked with the UAE, a key market for its products. In 2009, it launched a limited edition watch to celebrate the first Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Island circuit, which now sells on the secondary market for between $100,000 and $150,000 (about Dh370,000).