New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery showcases urban design and landscape

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is to mark the opening of its Art Gallery on the Saadiyat Campus on November 1 with an exhibition of Emirati, regional, and international artists.

 Titled On Site the inaugural exhibition will feature paintings, photography, projection, and several large-scale installations, including Rashid Rana’s replica of a gallery room in the Tate Modern museum in London, a site-specific mural from Mary Temple and a land-art installation by Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim.

 Gallery director Maya Allison said that NYUAD’s location serves as the inspiration for the display includes artworks about landscape and the built environment.

 “I was reflecting on how we understand an artwork to be about a unique landscape, such as a lush garden or a desert island, and how we view a site as historic or new,” Allison said.

 “These questions are mirrored in NYUAD’s new Saadiyat campus, a multifaceted location that is itself garden and desert, cultural crossroads among new developments, on an island that is both a repository of significant local memories and part of the UAE’s vision for Abu Dhabi’s future.”

 On Site is the first show in a multi-year program planned for the gallery, which will present curated exhibitions of art and material culture across historical and contemporary topics, with a special emphasis on subjects of both regional concern and international significance.

 The first few years will center on three themes: landscape and the built environment, Islamic art and culture, and art in global dialogue.