Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s first exhibition showcases renowned international and regional artists, together with an alluring series of talks, events and workshops held throughout the exhibition period.
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s pre-opening exhibition, Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection which runs until the 19 January, 2015, features artworks by 19 international artists from the 1960s to today, all of which explore the theme of ‘light’.
The artwork displayed is presented through five sections that examine the exhibition’s theme of ‘light’ in various iterations: Perceptual, Reflected, Transcendent, Activated, and Celestial. Perceptual Light examines the work of five artists who were early practitioners of the light art movement: Larry Bell, Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin, Keith Sonnier, and Douglas Wheeler.
Reflected Light assembles Heinz Mack and Otto Piene, who were active in the 1960s as founders of the Zero group and artists of a younger generation Ghada Amer and Rachid Koraïchi. Transcendent Light is comprised of the artists Monir Farmanfarmian, Samia Halaby, Shirazeh Houshiary, and Y.Z. Kami, all of whom are painters who use light thematically to explore the contemplative. The Activated Light section examines artists, Angela Bulloch, Hassan Khan, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer whose artwork depends on advanced technologies to activate light. Celestial Light brings together three artists—Bharti Kher, Yayoi Kusama, and Song Dong, who use a range of media to produce artworks that emulate the infinite.
In line with the exhibited artwork, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s pre-opening exhibition will also host a series of talks, events and workshops designed to engage a range of age groups.
Later in the year, Artscape: An Evening of Light and Live Electronic Music will also be held at the Manarat Al Saadiyat on Thursday 11 December, 2014. Inspired by artworks exhibited in Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection, the festival will include interactive light-themed activities, workshops and live electronic music that explores the cross-currents of light, art, music and technology. In addition, it will be introducing a special performance by one of the featured artists, Hassan Khan. This special event provides audiences a chance to explore this experience-rich exhibition and engage directly with artists, designers and performers from around the world.