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The Creative Act: Performance • Process • Presence

This is your chance to visit a new exhibition brought by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) at Manarat Al Saadiyat. This second exhibition of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection that lasts from the 7th of March until the 29th of July 2017 features more than 25 works in a variety of media—installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and works on paper, representing more than 18 artists.

It brings together artists of different nationalities and generations who have emphasized performance, process, and human presence in their practice, offering a transcultural perspective on these defining aspects of contemporary art.

The exhibition focuses on the related themes of performance, process, and presence, which frame the exhibition’s curatorial narrative.

Amongst the different artists, we were eager to discover some artworks by Nicky de Saint Phalle or different artworks by Anish Kapoor who is known for his large-scale geometric and biomorphic sculptures reminiscent of nature and living organisms.

The monumental installation entitled ‘My Red Homeland’ he created in 2003 is currently exhibited at Manarat Al Saadiyat and is worth the trip!

Made from over 10 tons of wax and vaseline with red pigment, this huge circular platform evolves throughout time thanks to a steel block and a motorised arm. It takes an hour or so for the arm to do a full course around the circle and it shapes the wax by creating peaks and dams at the edge of the art piece.

MANARAT AL SAADIYAT | Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

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