2014 Talks

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Dates:  05 - 08 November 2014
Venue: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Abu Dhabi Art featured a daily public forum which aimed to introduce audiences to the ever-expanding community of art-world figures who through their presence at Abu Dhabi Art, have worked together to enhance the UAE art scene. This year, the programme was inspired by the “life” of modern-day museums, including the future museums of Saadiyat Island, as spaces of education, performance and experience.

Reflecting on these themes was LOUVRE ABU DHABI: TALKING ART SERIES panel which featured Jean Nouvel, Ernesto Neto and Vincent Pomarede titled “Museums as Sites for New Experiences”, and a playful lecture-performance by Martin Creed titled “What is Art?”

Artist and artwork engagement with wider audiences was also explored in talks by world-renowned artists such as the legendary Richard Long, one of the founders of the “land art” movement, as well as inspiring talks by Hassan Hajjaj and Job Smeets of the design collective Studio Job, whose works represented different perspectives on popular culture.


  • Jean Nouvel
  • Ernesto Neto
  • Vincent Pomarede
  • Richard Long
  • Hassan Hajjaj
  • Job Smeets


The GUGGENHEIM ABU DHABI COLLECTION was also discussed while part of the collection have been displayed for audiences to experience in the exhibition “Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection”, which opened in parallel with Abu Dhabi Art. Featured Interactive and engaging artworks that use light as a medium and a muse, the exhibition was enhanced by a public panel that introduced audiences to three artists in the exhibition and collection: Angela Bulloch, Rachid Koraichi and Shirazeh Houshiary.


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