Abu Dhabi: The second exhibition of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection will be held at Manarat Al Saadiyat in the capital’s Saadiyat Island from March 8, 2017, the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) announced today.
Titled the Creative Act: Performance Process Presence, it will bring together more than 18 artists of different nationalities and generations and will feature 25 works in a variety of media installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and works on paper.
The exhibition will focus on the related themes of performance, process, and presence, which frame the exhibition’s curatorial narrative.
The Creative Act will include works by Shiraga Kazuo and Tanaka Atsuko, who were associated with the Gutai Art Association (Japan, 1954–1972), and Niki de Saint Phalle and Gunther Uecker, who are known for their development of experimental approaches that involve the use of ostensibly destructive techniques and everyday materials to comment on contemporary society. It will also feature an artwork by Anish Kapoor who is known for his large-scale geometric and biomorphic sculptures reminiscent of nature and living organisms.
There will also be works by Rasheed Araeen and Mohammad Kazem as well as works on paper and a video installation by Susan Hefuna.
Saif Saeed Gobash, director-general of TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “Abu Dhabi has become a vibrant cultural destination through unique public engagement programmes establishing an interactive dialogue between Abu Dhabi and the world, and creating its own cultural characteristic around its urban and contemporary landscapes. The Creative Act exhibition will emphasise intertwined histories among countries, within regions, and across continents, consistent with the curatorial vision of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and echoing TCA Abu Dhabi’s strategic endeavours to transform Abu Dhabi into a hub for world cultures. This exhibition will highlight connections between contemporary artists revealing common sources of inspiration, lines of influence, and distinctive contributions.”
The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection was seen for the first time in 2014 in an exhibition called Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection, which welcomed more than 90,000 visitors.