The building itself won’t open until 2017, but a new exhibition offers a taste of the astonishing artworks being collected by GuggenheimAbuDhabi. Colin Drurywentalong...
An exhibition offers a taste of what’s to come at Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
W hen you first walk into this room it is like being transported to the centre of the universe. Everything is dark. The walls are panelled with mirrors. Water covers much of the floor. And hanging from the ceiling, like stars shining across a galaxy, are hundreds of multicoloured LED lights shimmering through acrylic balls. Shards of neon slice you from every direction. They glow and glitter a thousand shades. It is astonishingly beautiful. The
Friday photographer sums the place up in one, breathed word: “wow.”
Welcome to the first-ever exhibition of The Guggenheim museum in Abu Dhabi.
Although the landmark building itself won’t open in Saadiyat Island until 2017, this is the first glimpse of some of the 400 pieces currently being bought for its permanent collection. The show, Seeing Through
Light, is being held at the Manarat Al Saadiyat complex, also Saadiyat Island, until January.
And this room is the largest of the 18 works – which also include paintings, sculptures and soundscapes – on show. It is an installation by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
The piece – titled InfinityMirrored Room, Filled With The Brilliance Of Life and which appears on this page – is inspired by his battles with mental illness, psychosis and schizophrenia, as well as “the millions of souls” in the world. The response to it so far is exactly what curators were hoping for: open-mouthed awe.
The museum itself, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect