Seven to see: Abu Dhabi Art
As the Abu Dhabi Art Fair rolls into the region tomorrow, we select seven things to see and do
A number of exhibitors are being represented the world's most innovative and established galleries in Abu Dhabi tomorrow, offering exceptional artworks for visitors.
Buro 24/7 edits the hit list to see:
1. The 'Beyond' pieces - there are 11 works this year made up of large scale installation pieces that are too big to fit in secluded booths and therefore located throughout the different venues. Highlights include: Hassan Sharif, IVDE Gallery.
2. A new section of Abu Dhabi Art entitled 'Artists' Waves' focuses on the discovery and re-discovery of artists. It's a must-see, reflecting the dynamism of new art movements and shifting perceptions.
3. A bespoke 'Design Souq' by architect Shigeru Ban, which reflects elements of the UAE's tradition and heritage. Highlight: a focus on UAE designers.
4. The debut of performing arts programme 'Durub Al Tawaya', extending beyond Saadiyat Island, with artistic interventions and performances in Abu Dhabi that highlight an increasing maturity of the city's artistic landscape. Highlight: Rayyane Tabet on Lulu Island.
5. 'Art, Talks and Sensations: Dunes and Waves' - Under the artistic direction of Fabrice Bousteau, a larger outdoor setting for live art, music and screenings has been constructed, inspired by the UAE's landscape.
6. A series of films by the Sharjah Art Foundation, 'Where are the Arabs?' curated by the foundation's Director Hoor Al-Qasimi. Films by Joanna Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Rania Stephan, Samah Hijawi and Jayce Salloum among many others respond to the evolving socio-economic and political situations throughout Arab cities.
7. Presentations as part of the 'Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series', covering themes such as Pop Art and the Mediated Image; System, Process, Concept; and History, Memory, Narrative - all of which will be discussed by participating artists Angela Bulloch, Yang Fudong, Heinz Mack, Marwan, Hassan Sharif and Monika Sosnowska, each of whom have work included in the museum's collection.
Abu Dhabi Art runs November 20-23