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Art Week brings together Dubai’s thriving creative industries into a week-long celebration of arts and culture.

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

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Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

  • Manarat al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi UAE (map)

The Creative Act: Performance • Process • Presence

Presented by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), The Creative Act: Performance. Process. Presence is the second major exhibition of works from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection held at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island. The exhibition offers a transcultural perspective on specific themes in contemporary art from the 1960s to today, by bringing together artists of different nationalities and generations. The exhibition features more than 25 works by 19 artists including Rasheed Araeen, Mohammed Kazem, Anish Kapoor, Hassan Sharif and Susan Hefuna. The artworks exhibited represent a variety of media—installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and works on paper, and focus on the related themes of performance, process, and presence.


Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will promote the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art, architecture, and other manifestations of modern and contemporary visual culture. The museum will develop a curatorial programme that will offer a transcultural perspective on art and visual culture since the 1960s, with a strong focus on art from the West Asia, North Africa, and East Asia, exploring the specific identity derived from the cultural traditions of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.


Artist(s): Rasheed Araeen, Ebtisam AbdulAziz, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Susan Hefuna, Anish Kapoor, Mohammed Kazem, Julio Le Parc, Niki de Saint Phalle, Hesam Rahmanian, Motonaga Sadamasa, Anri Sala, Hassan Sharif, Kazuo Shiraga, Atsuko Tanaka, Jean Tinguely, Günther Uecker, Jacques Villeglé


Event Information:

7 March - 29 July 2017

Location: Manarat al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.

Open: 09:00 to 20:00

+971 (0)2 657 5800   


Education Programme during Art Week:

17 March 2017, 14:00-18:00

Drop-In Sessions: The Creative Act includes a space conceived by artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian that takes you on a journey and introduces various mediums and ideas. These complimentary drop-in sessions focus on building a community art space inspired by their work as well as other artworks featured in the exhibition. Participants of all ages can take part in the creative process of designing a room in which you can express your ideas and creativity.


18 March 2017, 10:00-12:00

Moving | Drawing | Sculpture Saturday: In this workshop you will design a kinetic sculpture that moves.


It’s Alive: Activating Sculpture Saturday: Based on the kinetic artworks of Jean Tinguely and Günter Uecker, participants will create mini moving sculptures using a range of forms and materials that produce movement and sound.



Image captions:

Atsuko Tanaka, Painting, 1960, vinyl paint on canvas, 131.5 x 97.5 cm, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi © Ryoji Ito Photo: Courtesy Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, London, and New York.


Earlier Event: March 2
The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery
Later Event: March 7
Salwa Zeidan Gallery