Guggenheim Abu Dhabi: Progress Update

Set to open in 2022, The Frank Gehry designed building will house a global collection of art

Rendering of The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Courtesy: TDIC and Gehry Partners, LLP

by Staff Reporter

Culture 24 April 2019

Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum in New York, gave an interview with Euronews during Abu Dhabi’s annual Culture Summit, where he detailed a progress report on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

The sculptural looking Guggenheim building, is design by the famous architect Frank Gehry and looks, literally out of this world.

Other than saying that the delayed project is now “on track and on budget” he also added that,

“It’s a big building, parts of it are quite complex and it should take a little bit of time to put together as it’s also quite large.”

We definitely think they should take all the time they need to make sure all our expectations are met based on the renderings of the building that have circulated the web since the first announcement of the project.

Located on Saadiyat Island, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be part of the Saadiyat Cultural District which is positioned to be a global cultural hub with a huge focus on museums, galleries and performing arts.

Given that the Louvre Abu Dhabi has definitely established its place in the culture scene in the UAE and globally, we can’t wait to see how and what Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will offer artists and the arts landscape in the region.

Based on the website of the Abu Dhabi department of culture and tourism,

“Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will serve as a forum for scholarly research and intellectual and cultural dialogue, engaging artists, scholars, curators, architects and innovative thinkers. A range of educational programmes will provide the public with multidisciplinary perspectives on the collection and exhibitions, as well as a deeper understanding of modern and contemporary artistic practices.”

But once construction is completed, what can we expect inside?

“We’ve been working with our colleagues here to put together what we think is really the first global collection after 1965. We’ll be seeing important examples of work from all parts of the world, mostly in the wake of Pop Art,” Armstrong said.

Watch this space and we’ll definitely keep you updated on the progress of The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

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