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Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

A transnational museum dedicated to contemporary art and culture

ABOUT THE ARCHITECT

Designed by Pritzer-Prize winning architect Frank Gehry, the museum's distinctive cones recall the region's ancient wind-towers, which both ventilate and shade the exterior courtyards in a fitting blend of Arabian tradition and modern design.

“The galleries are organised into several clusters connected by catwalks and placed around a covered courtyard. Aside from the central vertical circulation from the lobby, each cluster has its own vertical cluster. The connectivity allows organisation of art to be vertical, horizontal or combination thereof.”
Frank Gehry

ABOUT THE DESIGN

Surrounded almost entirely by water, the building will have spectacular views of the Saadiyat Cultural District and Arabian Gulf. Galleries, many unprecedented in scale, are distributed around the central atrium on four levels connected by glass bridges above - in the monumental piles of gallery boxes – with further exhibition space located in the spectacular cones.

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ABOUT THE GALLERY

A transnational museum that will provide a pre-eminent platform for local, regional and global contemporary art and culture.

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi's permanent collection will celebrate the very finest examples of global art dating from the 1960s to the present day. Through a comprehensive series of collections, exhibitions, and educational programmes, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will identify unique contributions to this period in history by focusing on the interconnected dynamics of local regional and international influences.

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Guggenheim Abu Dhabi at a glance :

  • A transnational museum dedicated to contemporary art and culture
  • Developed in collaboration with The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
  • 18,000 square metres of exhibition space
  • Designed by Pritzer-Prize winning architect Frank Gehry
  • 13,000 square metres of gallery space
  • 18,000 square metres of exhibition space
  • A 350-seat theatre, a library, a research centre and F&B and retail outlets

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