Premiere Guggenheim Exhibition Opens in Abu Dhabi

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Jackson Pollock, Untitled (Green Silver), ca. 1949

On November 17, 2009, The Guggenheim: The Making of a Museum opened at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, as part of a program of art and cultural development leading up to the opening of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi in 2013. The exhibition features more than fifty paintings from the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, including Paul Cézanne’s Bend in the Road Through the Forest (1873–75), Willem de Kooning’s Composition (1955), Vasily Kandinsky’s Decisive Rose (1932), Piet Mondrian’s Composition 8 (1914), Robert Motherwell’s Elegy to the Spanish Republic, No. 110 (1971), and Jackson Pollock’s Untitled (Green Silver) (ca. 1949). On view through February 4, 2010, the exhibition is presented in collaboration with Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), and under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.

A rich roster of educational programming, including the panel discussion “From Private to Public: Patronage and the Museum in the Modern Era,” moderated by Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum, accompanies the exhibition. Additional programs include a lecture on the early history of the Guggenheim Museum with Karole Vail, Assistant Curator, Guggenheim Museum, and a conversation with The Guggenheim: The Making of a Museum co-curators Susan Davidson and Valerie Hillings.

“The presentation of this exhibition is truly an exceptional event that marks an important historic milestone and looks forward to the future,” said Armstrong. “We celebrate the past, because this exhibition marks the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, but we also look ahead toward the opening of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. This exhibition is one of the first fruits of the Guggenheim’s exciting collaboration with Abu Dhabi and a sign of the tremendous potential of this partnership.”

Jackson Pollock, Untitled (Green Silver), ca. 1949. Enamel and aluminum paint on paper, mounted on canvas, 57.8 x 78.1 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift, Sylvia and Joseph Slifka 2004.63. © 2009 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York