The UAE’s capital city is already reputed as one of the world’s most dynamic cultural centers. With its incredible breadth of museums, heritage sites, and exhibitions, Abu Dhabi continues its solemn effort to boost the region’s art and culture scene. And one of its newest and most innovative offerings in this category is Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. This museum has been developed by the Government of Abu Dhabi with the support of the immensely recognized Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, conservation, and research of the global contemporary art.
Iconic Location at Saadiyat Cultural District
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is more than just an upcoming attraction, as it is one of the focal points of the Saadiyat Cultural District – the UAE’s ultimate cultural hub offering a remarkable assortment of cultural institutions. Not to mention, the museum elegantly complements the district’s overall space of more than 650 acres which is also home to some of the most magnificent and internationally renowned highlights like Louvre Abu Dhabi Universal Museum, Zayed National Museum, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Maritime Museum, and a Performing Arts Centre of over 50,000 square meters.
Enlightening Exhibits & Programs
Behind the doors of the world’s largest Guggenheim Museum lies a distinct and diverse collection of artworks which ensure the most comprehensive view into the contemporary art and visual culture, depicting local, regional, and international platforms. In fact, you can expect to check out the modern exhibits from across the world in this massive 320000 square feet facility. Fascinatingly, these displays represent a whole spectrum of mediums, subjects and art interpretations, mainly from the period 1960s to the present day. As a transnational museum, it further underscores the prominence of cultural exchange while remaining respectful towards the region’s culture and heritage. Besides its permanent collections, the museum also hosts several intriguing exhibitions and educational programs in order to explore, appreciate, and promote the inspiring modern art on a grand scale.
Mesmeric Design & Architecture
Enveloped by the most striking views of Saadiyat Island and Arabian Gulf, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is equally exceptional for its ingenious design by the award-winning architect – Frank Gehry. Beyond its modern aesthetic appeal, the building’s varied cones are designed in a way to echo the wind-tower which was once a staple element of the Emirati architecture. This unique feature will seemingly shade the building, especially providing a natural cooling effect to its exterior courtyards. With a central atrium, its galleries are layered over four floors and further exquisitely linked by glass bridges. Apart from its gallery space, it has an exhibition space of over 18000 square meters, plus a 350-seater theater, an advanced conservation laboratory, and a library.
Precisely, a visit to Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is certain to leave you in awe with its stunning location, impressive architecture that reflects modern and traditional Arabian designs, and of course, the expansive and mindblowing curatorial collections of contemporary art.