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The second major exhibition for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi launched this week at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island, showcasing some of its much talked-about collection that’s set to be displayed in the museum once it opens in the near future, giving us a taste of the incredible art to come.
The Creative Act: Performance . Process . Presence brings together 19 artists from across the world, spanning all ages and disciplines. On display will be their installations, paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos, focusing on inter-linked themes of performance,
process and presence.
The first exhibition, Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection, was introduced back in 2014 and attracted more than 90,000 visitors. This year, they expect even more, as the exhibition runs from Wednesday March 9 to July 29 and showcases 25 fascinating works of art, which each adhere to at least one theme. For example, the work by French sculptor, painter and filmmaker Niki de Saint Phalle, who was known for her unconventional process of creating art, fits into the “process” portion. Meanwhile, the London-based conceptual artist, sculptor, painter, writer, and curator (take a deep breath) Rasheed Araeen, falls under the “performance” section as he has always drawn on the participation of people for his creations.
Here, we take a first look at the immersive works of these and many of the prolific artists in this ground-breaking exhibition.
Free. Wed Mar 8-Jul 29, 9am-8pm. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiayt Island, www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae (02 657 5800).
Pirodactyl over New York (1962) by Niki de Saint Phalle
This piece of art is from the French-born sculptor’s Tir (Shooting Paintings) series. She would fill polythene bags – shaped like human beings or objects – with paint, fix them onto plaster-covered panels and shoot at them with a twenty-two-calibre rifle. The result was something unique and impossible to recreate. This particular work is a comment on the ongoing threat of violence in the nuclear age.
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