Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. Currently the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation owns and operates the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the Grand Canal in Venice, and provides programming and management for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin is the result of a collaboration, begun in 1997, between the Guggenheim Foundation and Deutsche Bank. The
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
, a 452,000-square-foot museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Frank Gehry, will open on Saadiyat Island, adjacent to the main island of Abu Dhabi city, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
As a key partner of Saadiyat, the Louvre Museum shares TDIC’s deep commitment to cultural, social and artistic development. The principle responsibility of the Louvre is to conserve, protect, restore, and develop France´s national art treasures, from the early royal collections to the most recent acquisitions. In carrying out this task, the museum’s scientific and academic staff displays steadfast commitment and universally recognised professionalism. The museum presents major archeological artefacts as well as the fine arts and decorative arts form different historic periods. The Louvre Abu Dhabi , designed by Jean Nouvel, covers an area of over 62 sq km.
In 2009, TDIC signed an agreement with the British Museum to provide expert curatorial and operational advice and counsel on the development of the
Zayed National Museum
and help realise the vision of this national museum in presenting the values of Sheikh Zayed and the history of the UAE.
The visitor experience will begin outside the Museum in the gardens, where landscaping, planting and installations will translate the timeline and key moments in the life of Sheikh Zayed and his transformation of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The Museum atrium will provide an anchor for every visitor experience, as it will be a starting pointing for the national story and a meeting point that will guide the visitor experience.