Abu Dhabi Festival 2019 will present a diverse visual arts programme, headlined by a landmark exhibition exploring the history of European landscape painting from the world renowned Liechtenstein: The Princely Collections for the first time in the Middle East.
THE PRINCELY COLLECTIONS CONTAIN major works of European art spanning five centuries and are among the most important private collections in the world. Surveying the history of landscape painting, the exhibition will feature key figures in the Late Renaissance and Baroque artistic movements – including the work of Peter Paul Rubens, Joos de Momper and Lucas Cranach The Elder, among many others. Parallel to the exhibition, this year’s Abu Dhabi Festival Visual Arts Programme will also include an engaging educational programme to inspire aspiring and emerging artists. It will include a series of interactive talks and panel discussions, guided exhibition tours and practical creative workshops inspired by the works on display.
The programme has already been expanded further afield, with a specially designed overseas residency for five practicing Emirati artists selected from ADMAF’s Nationals Gallery, including Aisha Juma, Taqwa Al Naqbi, Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi, Asma Khoory, and Maitha Abdalla. The programme provided a unique opportunity to visit significant institutions of arts and culture in Vaduz, Liechtenstein and Vienna, Austria. Under the guidance of ADMAF Advisor, Princess Irina zu Sayn- Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and supported by the mentorship of established artist Aisha Juma, the participants were able to further their own artistic development while benefitting from one another’s unique perspectives.
GO: THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL MARCH 25 AT MANARAT AL SAADIYAT. VISIT WWW.ABUDHABIFESTIVAL.AE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SCHEDULES, VENUES AND PERFORMANCES.