The Abraaj Group Guggenheim Exhibition On MENA Contemporary Art Showcases Five Winners Of The Abraaj Group Art Prize

AGAP Winners Exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum, New York

The newest exhibition to open at the Guggenheim Museum includes five winners of The Abraaj Group Art Prize, from 2010 until 2014: Kader Attia (Winner, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2010), Nadia Kaabi-Linke (Winner, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2011), Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (Winning duo, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2012), Iman Issa (Winner, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2013) and Abbas Akhavan (Winner, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014). The selection of works for But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa are newly acquired works for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection:

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, the third exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, illuminates contemporary artistic practices in the Middle East and North Africa and the region’s diaspora. Presenting a selection of newly acquired works for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, this exhibition will feature installations, photographs, sculptures, videos, and works on paper from a broad selection of artists. The exhibition is curated by Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa. (Source)

The Abraaj Group, a leading private equity investor in growth markets, launched The Abraaj Group Art Prize in 2008 to bolster the region’s arts ecosystem and reward artistic development. It is the largest, and most significant prize in the region and has recognized 30 outstanding artists and 11 curators in the MENASA region.  Winning artists are awarded a $100,000 prize to develop a major commission guided by a curator and are encouraged to experiment, innovate and advance their practice.  The artwork is then unveiled at Art Dubai.

The impact of the Prize has been transformative for the artists’ journey and has acted as a springboard to further their artistic careers.

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa takes place April 29–October 5, 2016 in Tower 4, Thannhauser 4, Monitor 4 Galleries, and Tower 5 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York. More information can be found here.

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