Even if you aren’t an art buff, you probably know that the name Guggenheim is synonymous with architectural genius and ground-breaking exhibitions.
This is particularly true of the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao (northern Spain), a structure that’s become the Basque city’s most iconic landmark since it opened in 1997.
That’s the effect super architect Frank Gehry’s brilliance can have on a cityscape, which fills us with excitement as we look forward to the unveiling of his next project: the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum.
Guggenheim sources suggest it will be the art foundation’s biggest museum to date - 13,000 square metres to be exact - and in case there was any doubt, it’ll be just as futuristic and ethereal as its Iberian counterpart.
As you can see from the photos above, the museum will consist of 11 enormous cylindrical structures, blending together uniquely with rectangular spaces made of glass and wood, where most of the exhibitions will be held.
To add to its wow factor, the architectural feat will be surrounded by water, with ramps at each exit leading down to the Arabian sea.
This New York Times interview with Frank Gehry sheds some light onto how he conceptualised the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. What an amazing mind!
The museum will be built on Saadiyat Island, set to become Abu Dhabi’s main arts and culture hub, with Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and several other cultural centres also under construction.
Even though Guggenheim Abu Dhabi isn’t officially open, there was already an exhibition held in 2014, Seeing Through Light, which welcomed 90,000 visitors.
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will also host a wide variety of live programmes including lectures, panels, symposia, music recitals, theatre productions, film viewings and performance.