Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is located in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. Designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry, the 450,000-square-foot museum will house its own major modern and contemporary art collection and present special exhibitions, including works from the Guggenheim Foundation’s extensive collection.
The museum’s collection will encompasse art in all media produced around the world from the 1960s to the present day. Through its collection, exhibitions, and educational programmes, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will bring attention to under-researched and lesser-known histories. In parallel, it will reevaluate those chapters that have defined the art historical canon to date.
The museum is a catalyst for scholarship in a variety of fields, chief among them the history of art in the Middle East in the 20th and 21st centuries. A dynamic programme of changing exhibitions explores common themes and affinities among the work of artists across time and place. Commissions created specifically for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection will reinforce the museum’s commitment to working with artists and supporting contemporary artistic production.