‘For the third edition of Art Here, Louvre Abu Dhabi is calling on contemporary artists from the GCC (nationals and residents) working in sculpture and audio-visual installations suitable for outdoor spaces, to become part of its universal story. Louvre Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with Richard Mille, aims to support art practitioners in the region by giving them a central platform for expression in Art Here 2023.’
This year, Louvre Abu Dhabi invites artists to propose new sculptures and installations that explore the dynamics of transparency – its material and perceptual significance. The exhibition will take place beneath the museum's intricate floating dome of light and shade, drawing on the interplay of shadows, liquid reflections, and flashes of permeating sunlight as a starting point. Transparency is more than just a material quality of lucidity or opacity; it encompasses both the physical act of seeing and the subjective experiences of looking, which can shift in different contexts. Though it implies clarity, therefore simplicity or veracity, it is part of a process that sees meanings shift with movement, understanding and over time.
Taking place outdoors and under the dome for the first time, Art Here 2023 will afford artists the opportunity to present their work within one of the world's most extraordinary museum settings.’
This year’s edition of Art Here is curated by Maya El Khalil, to learn more about the curator please click here.
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Exhibition space – Al Bahra
Applicants are invited to engage with the external spaces under the dome of Louvre Abu Dhabi. The total available exhibition area of 1780 m2 is comprised of the paved 1200 m2 and 580 m2 on water. The visitor journey begins around the courtyard with the Damascene fountain and extends towards a delightfully tucked away passage that leads one to a meditative shallow pool and the public art wall installation by Jenny Holzer.