ART EVENT (Nov 5-8, 2014) Abu Dhabi Art’s Sixth Edition Amplifies the Evolution of Saadiyat Cultural District
Nov 03, 2014 Art Event
Under the continued patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the sixth edition of Abu Dhabi Art provides key context on the evolution of the Saadiyat Cultural District and the UAE’s capital through the presentation of hundreds of artworks alongside a vibrant programme of visual and performing arts, talks, and multi-disciplinary events.
Abu Dhabi Art this year reflects the dynamics of its settings as it evolves annually, developing its own distinct identity, as well as the capital’s ambition and maturing cultural scene. From the selection of returning and new innovative and renowned galleries from around the world; the unveiling of the Beyond section – which will expand to display selected works in public areas throughout the city for 6 months, to the strongest daily programme yet, introducing audiences to the ever-expanding community of art-world figures.
Taking place from November 5-8, Abu Dhabi Art 2014 also marks a critical moment in the UAE’s cultural development, ahead of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s opening, enabling regional and international audiences to participate in the country’s progression as a leading cultural destination.
“Helping foster a viable cultural and intellectual eco-system, Abu Dhabi Art provides a stimulating environment, which, through direct exposure to some of the world’s leading artists, academics and gallerists, enables the audiences and the communities to explore the creative vitality of Abu Dhabi’s maturing cultural landscape,”said Rita Aoun-Abdo, Executive Director, Culture Sector, TCA Abu Dhabi.
“Following five successful years of previous Abu Dhabi Art editions and ahead of the highly-anticipated museum openings, Abu Dhabi Art 2014 continues to deliver a cultural platform, destination and ethos which engage the broadest possible array of participants, from promising design students to long-standing patrons,”she added.
Ahmet Elhan / Old Mosque VIII, 2014, C-Print, 120x245 cm, unique / Courtesy of the Artist and Galeri Zilberman
Abu Dhabi Art 2014 presents:
Shirin Guiruis, Qasr El Shoaq, 2010, Plywood, aluminum and lead, 175.26 x 238.76 x 68.58 cm / Courtesy the Artist and The Third Line
Maitha Al Mazrooei, Public Engagement Programmer at TCA Abu Dhabi commented: “Abu Dhabi Art remains imaginative in its outreach, going beyond the art community and reaching the publicthroughout the UAE, by bringing the themes and concepts behind art and design to life, and celebrates the unique aesthetic traditions and contemporary innovations of the UAE.”
From the celebration of emerging Emirati talent showcased through the Wings Project, to the Abu Dhabi Art Community section highlighting the initiatives of the UAE’s non-commercial cultural entities, and guided tours for families and the youngest art enthusiasts, Abu Dhabi Art 2014 is an interactive, compelling platform which encourages a diversity of audiences to immerse themselves in the tangible development of the UAE’s cultural ecosystem.
All of this and more will soon take centre stage at Manarat Al Saadiyat alongside a number of the world’s best modern and contemporary art and design galleries.