Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series to Be Featured at Abu Dhabi Art
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From November 20–23, 2013, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series will be presented as part of this year’s Abu Dhabi Art, an annual platform for modern and contemporary art and design held in Abu Dhabi. This program of artist conversations, talks, and screenings will explore key ideas informing the curatorial vision of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series will feature a group of seven contemporary artists whose work has been acquired for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection: Angela Bulloch, Heinz Mack, Marwan, Hassan Sharif, Monika Sosnowska, Jacques Villeglé, and Yang Fudong. Representing different generations and nationalities, the artists have created distinctive oeuvres of pioneering work but share common interests and concerns. Through the lens of “Popular Culture and the Mediated Image” and “History, Memory, Narrative,” two of the curatorial themes developed to help structure the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection, the program will explore topics such as collective identity and memory, systems and their impact on society, and art as a tool for engendering particular experiences.
This presentation of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series is the second this year. A May 2013 program included artists El Anatsui, Adel El-Siwi, Feng Mengbo, Youssef Nabil, and James Rosenquist, all of whose work will also be part of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection.
Also on view in Abu Dhabi is Emirati Expressions: Realised, curated by Reem Fadda, Associate Curator, Middle Eastern Art, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project, with Maisa Al Qassimi, Programmes Manager, Museums Department, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. This third edition of Emirati Expressions showcases newly commissioned artworks by six Emirati artists recognized for their part in shaping the contemporary visual art scene in the UAE: Abdullah Al Saadi, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Layla Juma, Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, and Mohammed Kazem.