Is your Instagram feed brimming with pictures of a celestial-looking chamber lit up by what looks like vibrant little stars? What you’re looking at is the widely popular artwork of Yayoi Kusama entitled Infinity Mirrored Room- Filled with the Brilliance of Life. Since the U.A.E’s most talked about art exhibit, ‘Seeing Through Light’ from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection at the Saadiyat Cultural District, is running till Jan 19, we decided to pay it a visit.
And guess what? The rumours are true: it is unlike any other art show in the region. For one thing, the subject is untouchable, elusive and inspiring: Light
It is fascinating to see that the diverse collection featuring light can be traced all the way back to the 1960s. It has grown with multinational artists and works spanning various mediums, including painting, murals and mosaics. Different sections of the gallery show different facets of light – Activated, Celestial, Perceptual, Reflected, and Transcendent – so you’ll be pleasantly surprised at every turn.
With the introduction of an art show that moves away from U.A.E’s traditional painting-on-the-wall approach, Seeing Through Light is a defining project for the future of art museums and exhibits, being both immersing and atmospheric. In addition to the innovative construction, the museum also features a number of workshops for aspiring artists, both adults and children, so it’s a great place to sow some creative seeds.
Whether you’re looking to brush up on your oil painting techniques, hunting for artistic inspiration or seeking a serene [and romantic] evening out, ‘Seeing Through Light’ is definitely worth the time – and the drive.
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