2015 Talks

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Dates:  18 - 21 November 2015
Venue: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE

 
MUSEUMS AND THE STORIES THEY TELL were a discussion introduced by the philosopher Peter Sloterdijk. The panel explored the concept of museums in the 21st century. The discussions highlighted the narratives and discourses of the Saadiyat Cultural District museums, and their public outreach programmes and initiatives that connected with the wider city and communities of the United Arab Emirates and the region.

Panelists:

  • Richard Armstrong, Museum Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
  • Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum;
  • Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Louvre Paris

Moderated by Anna Somers Cocks, The Art Newspaper Founder and CEO

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 As part of the LOUVRE ABU DHABI TALKING ART SERIESYannick Lintz, Director of the Department of Islamic Arts at the Louvre Paris, Sheila Canby, Director of the Islamic Collection at the Metropolitan Museum and Ahmed Al-Shoky, General Director of Cairo Museum of Islamic Art has examined the historical concept of Islamic Art. The Speakers discussed its content, categories and presentation in light of modern museology in a talk entitled Re-Thinking Islamic Art in the New Museums and moderated by Souraya Noujaim, Curator of Islamic Art at Agence France Museums.

Panelists:

  • Yannick Lintz, Director of the Department of Islamic Arts at the Louvre Paris
  • Sheila Canby, Director of the Islamic Collection at the Metropolitan Museum
  • Ahmed Al-Shoky, General Director of Cairo Museum of Islamic Art

Moderated by Souraya Noujaim, Curator of Islamic Art at Agence France Museums

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ZAYED NATIONAL MUSEUM TALKS have introduced the topic of artists who in their practice, focused on a sense of place. Artists of or residing in the UAE often derived their inspiration from the land, the environment and the cultures that surround them, creating innovative and evocative works. Zayed National Museum has begun a process of acquiring such works as an integral element of their collecting policy.

Panelists:

  • Nada Al Mulla and Salwa Al Khudairi, Artists
  • Ammar al-Attar, Artists
  • Tarek al-Ghoussein, Professor of Visual Art at NYAD,
  • Venetia Porter, Curator, British Museum curator

Moderated by Salama Al Shamsi, Project Manager Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.

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GUGGENHEIM ABU DHABI COLLECTION: THE ART OF OUR TIME have explored the curatorial vision for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s growing collection through some distinctive works that celebrate local and transcultural sources of creative inspiration. 

Panelist:  Valerie Hillings, Curator and Manager of Curatorial Affairs for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project

Moderated by Maisa Al Qassimi, Programmes Manager Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

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In the ABU DHABI ART ARCHITECTURE STATEMENT talk, architect Jean Nouvel winner of Pritzker Architecture Prize explained the Louvre Abu Dhabi Dome - Rain of Light which was inspired by the architectural heritage of the UAE and explores its stunning Rain of Light concept. The talk was supported by images of the museum taking shape nearby on Saadiyat Island.

Moderated by Nick Leech, Journalist

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EMIRATI EXPRESSIONS: CONVENTIONS OF ARTS 

The first talk in the Emirati Expressions public programme featured an in-depth discussion with five selected artists in the exhibition around its overarching theme questioning the functionality and usability of art and the focus to the various cultural and community clubs within Abu Dhabi.  

Panelists:

  • Lamya Gargash
  • Zeinab Al Hashemi 
  • Rami Farook
  • Khalid Shafar 
  • Alia Lootah

Moderated by Maisa Al Qassimi, Programmes Manager Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and  Reem Fadda, Associate Curator, Middle Eastern Art for the Abu Dhabi Project of the Solomon R. Guggenheim

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The DESIGN LAB TALK, AN INSTANT URBAN PHENOMENON, was a panel discussion that puts into question the model of the city being defined. With the Design-Lab installation serving as the trigger for discussion, the panel have explored and debated what defines the identity of Abu Dhabi. More largely, the discussion have placed Abu Dhabi in the global context of rivalling global hubs debating the sustainability of the city’s foundations, and ultimately understanding what constitutes a global 21st century city. 

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