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Dubai Culture and Bulgari Team Up for a Contemporary Art Award

Meet its jury members

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is taking things to the next level, they’ve teamed up with Bulgari to present a major award—and they’ve just announced eight major figures as part of their jury. 

This is Dubai Culture and Arts Authority’s, the government entity working to preserve and support the cultural scene in Dubai, first time teaming up with Bulgari Group. The two organizations will present an annual award that celebrates contemporary art, emphasizing its importance to the cultural development of the Gulf capital, Dubai. 

The Bulgari Contemporary Art Award will be presented in February 2022, marking its first ever edition. The jury? It’s comprised of Davide Rampello, university professor, cultural advisor and curator of the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai; Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Italian-American author and Director of Castello di Rivoli Contemporary Art Museum in Turin; Hou Hanru, Artistic Director at MAXXI (National Museum for 21st Century Arts, Rome, Italy); and creative Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej.

The award will have three categories: drawing and painting, photography, and sculpture. UAE-based artists are encouraged to apply. 

“The goal is to help emerging talents create something internationally understandable. That’s why we are starting with the three categories to be on the safe side, to start with something that is understandable to everybody, not too intellectual,” said Lucia Boscaini, brand and heritage curator at Bulgari. 

Alongside a trip to Rome to visit Bulgari’s jewelry ateliers, the winning artists will see their work on display at the Italy Pavilion for the duration of Expo 2020. 

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