Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (http://www.uaeusaunited.com/story/guggenheim-abu-dhabi/) was designed by Frank Gehry in 2017 and is going to be the largest Guggenheim in the entire world. It will feature modern and contemporary art collections with a strong focus on art from the Middle East. The museum is located in the cultural District of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi and is over 450,000-square-feet.
The Creative Act
The second exhibition of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum is all about the Performance, Process, and Presence of The Creative Act. The exhibition has comprised the art of over twenty artists from different generations and nationalities who have really focused on the process, performance, and human presence. The Creative Act is a perspective on these aspects of art from a transcultural stance and really highlights interconnections between artists working together since the 10960s. The art reflects the inspiration, influence and distinctions of these artists.
The First Chapter
The exhibition is presented in various chapters and each chapter explores the three themes. The first chapter is presented through painting using everyday materials. It also showcases artists form France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom in the 1960s.
The Second Chapter
The second chapter showcases art practices in the United Arab Emirates since the 1980s. It features artists such as Mohammed Kazem (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Kazem), Tarek Al-Ghoussein, and Hassan Sharif to name a few.
The Third Chapter
Chapter three is comprised of installations made since 2000 by Susan Hefuna, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian. Their powerful art is engaging and addresses the impact on art by such things as historic and sociopolitical events.
Showcasing Emirati Culture
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is one of the many unique programs that is helping to connect Emiratis and Americans through vibrant art. Internationally recognized events like the Sharjah Biennial and various Emirati artists are helping to showcase the UAE’s cultural heritage throughout the United States.