Louvre will be all around us next month as the eagerly-awaited cultural landmark goes on display in the capital for the first time.
The opening of the only Louvre museum outside of France – which has been a decade in the making – will see the eyes of the art world drawn to Abu Dhabi.
But while it is a massive milestone moment, it shouldn’t be forgotten that the city already has a cultural scene to be proud of.
A wealth of thought-provoking exhibitions will be up and running during the month, giving people ample opportunity to immerse themselves in art even before the Louvre Abu Dhabi launch on November 11. Here are a few of the thought-provoking exhibitions to check out.
Community & Critique: SEAF Cohort 4 at Warehouse 421
Brush up close with the next generation of artists at this super-cool culture spot.
Warehouse421’s latest exhibition showcases the work of 15 precocious talents who have recently completed the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship programme (SEAF).
The year-long inititiative, set up with support of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, aims to develop UAE artists of the future.
Now Warehouse421 is sharing these artists’ creations with the wider public, allowing the newcomers to put their work on display outside of the programme for the very first time.
Free. Until January 14. Open Tue-Sat 10am-8pm. Mina Zayed, www.warehouse421.ae (02 676 8803).
Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-65 at NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery
Take a trip across the world and back in time at this intriguing exhibition chronicling the rise of New York’s art scene, from the peak of abstract expressionism in the early 1950s to the growth of pop art and minimalism in the 1960s.
Organised by the Grey Art Gallery, the exhibition will explore a vital decade in the Big Apple’s creative history from the perspective of 14 key artist-run galleries, with more than 200 paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings, photographs and films painting a vivid picture of a genre-defining chapter in one of the most exciting cities on the planet.
Free. Until Jan 18. Open Mon-Sat noon-8pm. NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island (02 628 8000).
The Palimpsest Series at Project Space, NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery
Project Space is bringing the sights and sounds of Asia to the Middle East at an exhibition orchestrated by one of its own talented crop. Wendy Bednarz, an arts and new media professor at the university is presenting the Palimpsest Series, an audio-visual experience with stunning photographs capturing rich experiences from Sri Lanka, India and Myanmarr. It will all be accompanied by a stirring soundtrack of 183 sonic threads, including rainstorms, synthesised drones and Indian chanting, all sourced from the same countries the images have been taken in, to create an immersive experience.
Free. Until Nov 6. Abu Dhabi (inside the Arts Centre), Saadiyat Island (02 628 8000).