A transnational museum dedicated to contemporary art and culture
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be a transnational museum dedicated to contemporary art and culture and will present to the world some of the most important artistic achievements of our time.
Located in the Saadiyat Cultural District, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi's permanent collection will celebrate the very finest examples of global art dating from the 1960s to the present day. Through a comprehensive series of collections, exhibitions, and educational programmes, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will identify unique contributions to this period in history. It will move beyond a definition of global art defined by geography by focusing on the interconnected dynamics of local, regional, and international influences.
The museum will provide significant space for its permanent collection and special exhibition galleries along with art education facilities, a theatre, a library and a research centre plus a retail store, a restaurant and several cafes.
Designed by Pritzer-prize winning architect Frank Gehry, the museum's distinctive cones recall the region's ancient wind-towers, which both ventilate and shade the exterior courtyards in a fitting blend of Arabian tradition and modern design. The building will have spectacular views of the Saadiyat Cultural District and Arabian Gulf in its prominent location surrounded almost entirely by water.
At a glance
- A transnational museum dedicated to contemporary art and culture
- Designed by Pritzer-prize winning architect Frank Gehry
- Developed in collaboration with The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
- 13,000 square metres of gallery space
- 18,000 square metres of exhibition space
- A 350-seat theatre, a library, a research centre and F&B and retail outlets
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