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Afra Al Dhaheri

Afra Al Dhaheri. Photo by Rachele Salvioli

Art Here 2022 x Richard Mille Art Prize 2022


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”.

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 explore their potential and create new work.

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