The Opening the Doors exhibition presented works that would normally be hung in palaces or private homes, which were brought together in an exhibition designed to give audiences an insight into authentic collections and art from the Middle East. It proved a resounding success with vistors and a significant element of Abu Dhabi Art 2010 having been conceived in order to showcase the best Arab and Middle Eastern artists, as well as raise awareness of the quality of contemporary art that has been produced in the region.
The exhibition featured approximately 90 works dating from the late 1920's through to 2010, which were in most part secured by Christie's from a wealth of the most significant Middle Eastern artists and major collectors of the region. As translated in the name of the exhibition, this initiative proved to be an ideal opportunity for many to learn about the treasures lying behind the doors of art collectors and highlighted the numerous museum quality artworks, which are competing with the works of great internationally recognised artists.
Under the patronage of Abu Dhabi's leaders, the UAE capital has been playing an active role in the cultural field and by so doing greatly influencing the art map in the Middle East and the world. This has been achieved by organising a diverse programme of artistic initiatives translating the vision of Abu Dhabi cultural ambitions and engaging the community in its cultural plans.
We are delighted to have been able to contribute in some small part to Abu Dhabi's ongoing enterprise since our first project in 2007 and hope to continue our involvement in the years to come. Further examples of our previous collaboration with TDIC and other major stakeholders of the region can be explored from the main projects page.