Two wonderful modern pieces, by Moroccan artists Mohammad Chabaa and Mohamed Melehi
Two wonderful modern pieces, by Moroccan artists Mohammad Chabaa (left) and Mohamed Melehi (right). ￼
These will be part of the permanent collection at the Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi (GAD).
GAD’s vision is to display art as it should be: a universal thread connecting all of humanity.
So, rather than holding exhibits like most other museums, based on Geography (“European Modern Art” upstairs, “Middle Eastern” section downstairs, etc.), they will aim to display art based on form and ideas.
“Inspired by the UAE’s history and position as a pivot between Europe and Asia, GAD aims to chart modernism’s evolution into a nuanced global movement.”
“[Non-European] work has generally been exhibited in artistic silos, in shows based on geography rather than form and ideas. The aim at GAD is to draw out overlooked connections, such as between Mr Tanavoli [a modern Iranian artist] and his contemporary On Kawara, a Japanese conceptual artist who created an important series of paintings based on dates in the calendar.”