2019 Gateway

  • Farah Khelil, Living the Place of Words, 2019 (Watercolour on paper), Courtesy of the artist
  • Idris Khan, A Mingling State of Mind, 2019 (Paper, slate and ceramic), Courtesy of Edition Take5
  • Lamya Gargash, Sahwa, 2019 (C-print photograph), Courtesy of the artists and The Third Line

Gateway: Fragments, Yesterday and Today
Curated by Paolo Colombo

Dates: 21 November - 08 February 2020
Venue:  Gallery M, Manarat Al Saadiyat


The exhibition included new commissions by Alaa Edris, Lamya Gargash and Nima Nabavi.

Special thanks to Sarah Collins, Senior Curator, Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, for her support and contribution to Gateway 2019.

Abu Dhabi Art would also like to thank Al Ain Museum, Éditions Take5, Gagosian Gallery, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Green Art Gallery, Lawrie Shabibi, Magnolia Editions, Mij Film, Ruya Foundation, Selma Feriani Gallery and The Third Line.


Curator Statement:

 "Fragments, Yesterday and Today explores the relevance that everyday objects of anthropological and cultural interest and archaeological finds may have on stories that artists narrate in their practice today. 

The Al Ain Museum has generously loaned a number of objects that function as keystones for this exhibition. The Al Ain Museum holdings constitute a history of the region made visible, and act as a sounding board for the contemporary works included in the show. 

What I hope will be captured from Fragments, Yesterday and Today is how objects of a utilitarian genre - showing service to the lives of people - carry valid visual information in today’s art. 

The viewer will be able to see both sides of this interaction - both artefacts of archaeological and anthropological interest and the contemporary artworks that are on exhibit. "



  • Alaa Edris
  • Bahman Ghobadi
  • Farah Khelil
  • Hamra Abbas
  • Hera Büyüktașçiyan
  • Idris Khan
  • Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
  • Kamrooz Aram
  • Kiki Smith
  • Lamya Gargash
  • Nima Nabavi
  • Oliver Beer
  • Salam Atta Sabri
  • Y.Z. Kami


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Abu Dhabi Art 2019: Paolo Colombo to curate annual Gateway Exhibition
Emirates News Agency, 11 November 2019