the frank gehry guggenheim museum in abu dhabi has a new opening date: 2026
THE LONG-TERM MUSEUM OF ABU DHABI BY FRANK GEhRY
the frank gehry guggenheim museum in abu dhabi has a new opening date: 2026. the news was revealed by guggenheim director richard armstrong at a press conference in basel.
“We think it should be five years from next week”, the art journal reported, adding that he will be visiting the Middle East soon. “Looks like everything is falling into place so that we can say something definitive. it was a relatively long gestation.
First announced in 2006 and scheduled to open in 2012, the long-awaited project has experienced many ups and downs. a new opening date was set for 2017, which obviously did not happen, and at a time when plans for the museum appeared to be flop.
pictures by frank gehry
CONTAINING THE LARGEST SPACE THAT A GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM IS CURRENTLY HELD
located at the northwestern tip of saadiyat island – a new cultural district in abu dhabi – the guggenheim museum will join the jean nouveau louvre, a building which has also experienced numerous delays. these two will then be accompanied by the national museum zayed of Foster + partner, the performing arts center zaha hadid (to be confirmed) and the maritime museum of tadao ando (to be confirmed).
with the largest space currently held by a guggenheim museum, the structure designed in hard cherry spans approximately 30,000 square meters (320,000 square feet). of unprecedented scale, the galleries will be distributed around the atrium on four levels linked by glass bridges. the museum will include 13,000 square meters (140,000 square feet) of gallery space, with eleven iconic cone-shaped structures providing additional exhibition space. in each of the cones, visitors can see unique and site-specific works of art by leading contemporary artists.
“Our building is a challenge; it will be this great late masterpiece, ‘ Armstrong continued.
“INTENTIONALLY” MESSY “, GO TO CLARITY”
the structure, described by gehry himself as a ‘intentionally’ messy ‘, moving towards clarity’, will also have an educational center and a 350-seat theater, where the museum will offer an extensive teaching and performing arts program, allowing a wide variety of live programs, including lectures, panels, conferences, music recitals, theatrical productions, film screenings and performances.
” we had a very active acquisition program [at the guggenheim abu dhabi] for about 12 years now in the region and around the world; it will be a museum that looks at the whole world from 1965, ‘ Armstrong added. “although it was painful in many ways, including people on leave for a while and other people with reduced wages… it became a time of change and adjustment at the museum and I have the feeling that maybe this has been true in museums in Europe for different reasons. in any case we have survived. I think we have come out as a better institution looking more towards the future.
Name: guggenheim abu dhabi
design: Frank Gehry
set to open: 2026
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Sep 22, 2021