ArtBAB 2019 to Showcase VR Museum & Host Cutting-Edge Conversations about Culture & Technology

Breaking boundaries in the Middle East, ArtBAB 2019 will push technology to the next level, offering visitors a multi-dimensional experience through its Virtual Reality Corner, the first of its kind in the region. Partnering with UNFOLD Art XChange, the fair’s diverse talks programme will bring together art foundations, cultural districts and museums with FinTech, Blockchain, AI and VR specialists. Themed ‘Legacies’, the fair will explore the Bahraini contemporary art scene and its foundation in the Kingdom’s rich art heritage.

UNFOLD Art Xchange aims to be one of the largest multicultural art exchanges and its referential art talks platform brings together diverse cultures across local, regional and international art landscapes to share best practices. Launched in Dubai in 2018, the platform will present its second edition in Bahrain at ArtBAB 2019, under the patronage of Her Royal Highness, Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty The King of Bahrain, President Of The Supreme Council for Women, in collaboration with Tamkeen.

Kaneka Subberwal, Fairs and Programme Director of ArtBAB 2019, comments, ‘The art fair’s 2019 edition is an exciting amalgam of Bahraini art and cutting-edge trends which will be discussed at the conference. This year, in a first for the region, ArtBAB will take visitors beyond the canvases of the gifted artists of Bahrain and the exhibiting gallerists and take them not just across borders but across time-frames too. In our Virtual Reality Corner, the public will be able to have three different VR experiences using Vive Pro Headsets. They can literally ‘touch’ celebrated contemporary Chinese art collections, 17th century Dutch and Flemish masterpieces as well as millennial VR artwork.’

Through this incredible Virtual Reality tour, the first VR art exhibition in the Middle East, visitors will be able to enter the private virtual museums of the DSL Collection from Paris, and The Kremer Collection of Amsterdam. Visitors can experience VR works by prominent contemporary artists, shown by Khora Contemporary, the world’s first VR and augmented reality (AR) production house, created as a collaboration between Khora VR and Copenhagen’s Faurschou Foundation.


Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Center
Wednesday 6th – Sunday 10th March 2019