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10 Galleries Spotlighting Abu Dhabi’s Flourishing Art Scene

Embark on a visual journey through the cultural heart of Abu Dhabi as we take you through the city’s top art galleries.

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10 Galleries Spotlighting Abu Dhabi’s Flourishing Art Scene

In the bustling metropolis of Abu Dhabi, art enthusiasts are treated to a rich tapestry of galleries showcasing local talents and international masterpieces. From contemporary exhibitions pushing boundaries to traditional collections steeped in heritage, Abu Dhabi's top art galleries offer a captivating journey through diverse artistic landscapes…

LOUVRE ABU DHABI

Since its grand opening in 2017, Louvre Abu Dhabi has cemented its status as the premier destination for art aficionados in the UAE. Here, you can enjoy a glimpse into the contemporary Arab world and explore artworks loaned from Agence France-Muséums representing 17 of France’s most renowned cultural institutions.

BASSAM FREIHA ART FOUNDATION

Here you can discover exclusive artworks from private collections at Abu Dhabi's first and only private art foundation on Saadiyat Island, showcasing rare pieces from local and international sources. The non-profit art foundation opened its doors to visitors earlier this year in February. 

421 ARTS CAMPUS

Formerly known as Warehouse421, the 421 Arts Campus debuted in 2015 at Mina Zayed inside a renovated warehouse. Throughout the year, its galleries see eight to ten solo and group exhibitions that focus on a range of disciplines including visual arts, architecture, new media, literature, sound and performance.

CAFE ARTEA

Nestled within a rustic yet modern environment at Mamsha Al Saadiyat, Cafe Artea has earned itself a reputation as a great spot to get introduced to art - alongside a cup of coffee, of course. The gallery is especially famous for its collaborations with artists, pop-ups with reading clubs, and other engaging events.

AL QATTARA ARTS CENTRE

Al Qattara Arts Centre - a redevelopment of a traditional mudbrick tower and residence - serves as a hub for artistic exploration and development. Showcasing the works of Emirati and UAE-based talents, the centre’s gallery works to highlight the region’s rich artistic heritage.

ARTBOOTH

Artbooth aims to create a cross-cultural bridge between renowned artists, audiences, and collectors from across the world. In the last few months, the gallery has showcased works by Asaad Arabi, Jamal Bassiouni, Soraya Abu Naya and more.

ETIHAD MODERN ART GALLERY

Nestled within the picturesque district of Al Bateen, this charming art gallery offers a fresh perspective on contemporary art in Abu Dhabi. As one of the city's earliest private galleries, it is located in a beautifully restored villa, providing a cosy and intimate setting for art exhibitions.

CULTURAL FOUNDATION

Envisioned by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan in 1971, this space is housed within a modern heritage landmark. For those unable to experience its treasures in person, the gallery offers 3D access to their exhibitions online.

MANARAT AL SAADIYAT

Manarat Al Saadiyat invites visitors to engage in a multitude of activities, from stimulating discussions and culinary delights to captivating film screenings and thought-provoking talks.

THE ART GALLERY AT NYU ABU DHABI

Experience the vibrant convergence of intellect and creativity at NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery. Established in 2014, this university gallery offers free public programs and guided tours.

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