Abu Dhabi Art in Manarat Al Saadiyat

Last week, secondary art students from BIS visited Abu Dhabi Art in Manarat Al Saadiyat. Daniela Jankovic, a Year 13 student, writes about the experience:

On Thursday 9th of November, the secondary art students had the privilege to visit Abu Dhabi Art in Manarat Al Saadiyat. This was an interactive trip where all of us students communicated with each other despite of age differences and collaborated for better outcomes. For example, me and my year 13 cooperated with year 11s to help them investigate about the curators and their curatorial rationale, as this was something new for them.

It was a commercial exhibition that reunited artworks from worldwide modern and contemporary galleries. These artworks were brought from places such as London, New York, Paris, Seoul, and many more. We had a 40-minute tour around the three different galleries where the guide explained to us the context behind the artworks and also the artist’s purpose with them. By understanding where the artist came from or what topic he was exploring, the message of the artwork became clearer to us. The guide’s explanation helped us students to reflect on how mediums are used to convey different emotions and how they can be symbolic for certain traditions.

While inside the galleries, we were able to take photographs of the artworks that inspired us or that connected to similar topics as the ones we’re working on, taking notes of the artist’s name and of the date and title of the piece.

The galleries offered a rich variety of artists from different cultural backgrounds and a great diversity of art mediums. Besides traditional paintings, there were installations, interactive art, calligraphy and kinetic art. Through observing these art pieces, we learned that art is much more than beautiful creations, but also something that can reflect cultures and evoke emotions on the viewer.

After this, we had a space inside the building where we could sit and sketch from the photographs we took inside, which shows how visiting the gallery had a direct impact and influence on our current and future work, as we were inspired by it.
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