Abu Dhabi Art introduces 'Beyond' featuring works by Ai Weiwei and more

Abu Dhabi Art introduces 'Beyond' featuring works by Ai Weiwei and more

"Art in public"

Inspired by the character of Abu Dhabi and its changing urban landscape Beyond creates a conceptual line to guide the development of even greater moves to introduce and promote "art in public space"

This year the Beyond initiative features works by 14 artists with a view to form a series of autonomous artworks – in dialogue with each other – culminating in a presentation of "unity in diversity revealing the dynamism of public art". 

Artists that have become involved and their respective galleries are Ai Weiwei (Lisson Gallery – and main picture), Bita Fayyazi (Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde), Choi Jeong Hwa (Park Ryu Sook Gallery), Feryel Lakhdar (Elmarsa), François Morellet (kamel mennour), Hanaa Malallah (The Park Gallery), Ilya Kabakov (Galerie Brigitte Schenk), Mohammed Kazem (Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde), Sahand Hesamiyan (The Third Line), Sherin Guirguis (The Third Line), Shilpa Gupta (Galleria Continua), Subodh Gupta (Hauser & Wirth), Virginie Yassef (Galerie GP & N Vallois).

Beyond engages with Abu Dhabi in particular because it is a city that balances ambition and universal values with a strong sense of cultural heritage. This is epitomised by the future museums of the Saadiyat Cultural District, no doubt.


Abu Dhabi Art is expanding the Beyond initiative through a new annual selection of large-scale art installations.

Abu Dhabi Art: Beyond

Mohammed Kazem

Abu Dhabi Art: Beyond

François Morellet

Abu Dhabi Art: Beyond

Subodh Gupta 


The new Beyond initiative will be on display in public areas throughout the city for six months; stretching as a canvas within the urban landscape.  

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