H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth & Community Development and H.E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), today opened the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s pre-opening exhibition, Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection at the Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island.
The exhibition displays the artwork through five sections that examine the show’s theme of ‘light’ in various iterations: Perceptual, Reflected, Transcendent, Activated, and Celestial. Perceptual Light examines the work of five artists who were early practitioners of the light art movement: Larry Bell, Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin, Keith Sonnier, and Douglas Wheeler, while reflected Light assembles Heinz Mack and Otto Piene, who were active in the 1960s as founders of the Zero group and artists of a younger generation Ghada Amer and Rachid Koraïchi. Transcendent Light is comprised of the artists Monir Farmanfarmian, Samia Halaby, Shirazeh Houshiary, and Y.Z. Kami, all of whom are painters who use light thematically to explore the contemplative. The exhibition features work by 19 international artists from the 1960s to today, all of which explore the theme of ‘light’.
The exhibition runs until the 19 January 2015. For more information, visit www.guggenheim.org