See the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi in a whole new light

New light-based exhibition gets extended running time at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

EDGAR staff January 11, 2015

Although the much-anticipated opening of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi might still be a way off (slated for 2017, for those keeping track), under the surface things are developing at a rapid pace.

Running until March - extended from mid-January such is its popularity - the Seeing Through Light exhibition offers art fans across the UAE an exclusive viewing of a selection of the famous museum’s pieces, centring on the concept of light.

Housed in the Manarat Al Saadiyat gallery, each of the 16 artworks within the collection explore the theme of light as a primary aesthetic principle in art. Whether natural or artificial, directed or reflected, interior or exterior, the theme’s flexibility is universally relevant across cultures and time periods.

Thanks to the curating of Susan Davidson, the exhibition will include two key pieces loaned from the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and feature a total of 18 international artists, both established and mid-career, including the likes of former YBA Angela Bulloch, Robert Irwin, Yayoi Kusama and Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian.

Divided into five sections examining various iterations of light: Activated, Celestial, Perceptual, Reflected and Transcendent, the artworks are arranged chronologically starting from the 1960s right up to the present day. The exhibition is a small glimpse into the creative vision of what is to come from the future museum.

Details: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi. Until January 19. For more visit