Road Trip | Guggenheim at Manarat and NYUAD Art Gallery

Alserkal Programming invites you on a monthly series of road trips to visit exhibitions, talks, performances and film screenings by galleries, arts institutions, and cultural initiatives around the country.

The third trip of the year will take place on 29 April and will include visits to newly opened exhibitions in Abu Dhabi.


1) The Creative Act: Performance• Process •  Presence, at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island.

The second exhibition of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection brings together artists of different nationalities and generations who have emphasised performance, process, and human presence in their practice, offering a transcultural perspective on these defining aspects of contemporary art. The Creative Act: Performance• Process• Presence follows the 2014 exhibition Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection, which welcomed more than 90,000 visitors and presented artworks from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection for the first time.


2) But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988-2008 at NYUAD Art Gallery 

But We Cannot See Them focuses on one community of artists, sometimes called “the five”, at an intersection of visual artists, writers, and filmmakers based in the UAE. Its members identified with a “new culture” of encouraging radical, formal and conceptual experimentation.

Artists include: Hassan Sharif, Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, Abdullah Al Saadi, Mohammed Kazem, Hussain Sharif, Vivek Vilasini, Jos Clevers, and Ebtisam Abdulaziz.



15:00 / Depart from Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue 

16:30-17:45 / Guided tour of The Creative Act: Performance• Process • Presence 

18:00 / Bus departs from Manarat  Al Saadiyat to NYUAD Art Gallery

18:15-19:00 / Guided tour of But We Cannot See Them 

19:15 / Bus departs from NYUAD Art Gallery to head back to Alserkal Avenue 

20:45 / Arrive to Alserkal Avenue 


To reserve a seat, please contact 

Road Trips are open to everyone and free of charge. However, spaces are limited and reservations are on a first-come- first-served basis.