The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will build a permanent collection, organize exhibitions, generate scholarship and undertake educational programs that will examine the history of art produced around the world since the 1960s from a variety of perspectives. The permanent collection display and temporary exhibitions will both recognize unique contributions to art history and underscore the interconnected dynamics and fundamentally transnational nature of contemporary art practice. Major art-historical movements will be surveyed through the lens of a transnational understanding of world cultures. A dynamic program of changing exhibitions will explore common themes, formal affinities, and other key relationships among the work of artists across time and geography.
Artists will be invited to produce site-specific commissions for the collection and exceptional spaces of the museum building. In addition, the museum will be a catalyst for scholarship in a variety of fields, chief among them the history of art in the Middle East in the 20th and 21st centuries.