The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum is conceived as a dynamic institution devoted to the acquisition and display of modern and contemporary art, recognised for the excellence of its architecture, collections, exhibitions, and educational initiatives. It will promote the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture from a broadly international perspective, while sustaining the heritage of its local environment.
The Saadiyat Cultural District Exhibition, open now at Emirates Palace, contains a large model of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi design and offers a chance to learn more about the museum and building design.
Frank Gehry´s design of The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi echoes Gulf architecture, incorporating dramatic conical forms that play with a modern twist on the region’s ancient wind-towers. These structures skilfully blend form and function, serving to both ventilate and cool the museum’s covered courtyards – just one in a range of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s sustainable concepts. With approximately 13,000 square metres of permanent and temporary exhibition space it is the largest museum in the Cultural District.
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is due to open in 2017.
Frank Gehry’s work goes beyond that of a regular architect. His buildings comment on, deconstruct, and reposition aesthetic concepts that we tend to take for granted. Indeed, his designs are generally so cutting edge that several of his creations have become international tourist attractions simply for their architecture alone. A post-modernist by nature, his credits include the deliciously fragmented Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Experience Music Project in Seattle, and the glorious arcs of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
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