Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series

Open to everyone, last week’s interactive programming provided the opportunity to engage with international artists through panels, workshops and demonstrations and shared the museum’s curatorial vision.

Opening panel for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series including James Rosenquist (pictured).

Opening panel for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series including James Rosenquist (pictured).

Last week’s kick-off of the 2013 Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series (6–8 May) featured a dynamic public programme of panels, screenings, art installations, workshops and demonstrations by several leading contemporary artists whose works form part of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection. Held at Manarat Al Saadiyat, the exhibition centre on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, these programmes will also take place 20–23 November, again enabling attendees to engage with artists and their works, in the context of the museum’s growing collection.

Featuring personal insight from El Anatsui, Feng Mengbo, Youssef Nabil, James Rosenquist and Adel El-Siwi, the programme unfolded over the course of three days. Youssef Nabil was joined on stage by his special guests: the actresses Youssra and Rossy de Palma. This May programme reflected several of the curatorial narratives which structure the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s collection, including Popular Culture and the Mediated Image and History, Memory, Narrative. The visiting artists also held successful workshops for Emirati artists and University students from the field.

An exhibition of an interactive video game installation by Feng Mengbo, Long March: Restart (2008), which is related to Feng’s earlier painting series Game Over: Long March (1994) acquired for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, was also opened following the artist’s conversation on 7 May and will remain on view at Manarat Al Saadiyat until 8 June. This immersive work is a fully functioning video game that viewers can actually play.

The November programme will take place during the days of Abu Dhabi Art and is expected to feature artists Angela Bulloch, Heinz Mack, Marwan, Hassan Sharif, Monika Sosnowska, Jacques Villeglé, and Yang Fudong, whose works have also been confirmed as part of the collection.

In addition to the conversations, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series features family art workshops focused on the work of artists from the collection.