Etihad Modern Art Gallery
Al Bateen Area Villa 15, Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
Etihad Modern gallery (EMAG) may be a multi-purpose art space and café within the heart of the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. The gallery is hospitable the general public a day (excluding Fridays) from 10am to 10pm, with an open door and free admission policy. BEGINNINGS The owner, H.E. Khaled Siddiq Al Mutawaa, envisioned a friendly and versatile art space, that’s hospitable everyone, which encouraged the promotion, discussion and growing appreciation of the burgeoning Emirati art scene. Opening in 2013, EMAG organised significant art shows and native heritage exhibitions, creating bonds with the international art scene and academic institutions. We achieved this by inviting international artists to measure, teach and make within the UAE, motivating local artists to showcase their work and hosting a good range of parallel cultural activities like art workshops, poetry nights and music events. NOW & INTO the longer term In 2016, EMAG’s continued success brought during a respected European curator. Now, EMAG features a new exhibition with a VIP opening monthly and importantly, we’ve extended our connections with respected galleries and institutions in Europe. In December 2016, EMAG was the primary ever privately-funded gallery from the UAE to host an outsized scale exhibition in Berlin, the art capital of Europe. The ‘Art Nomads: Made in Abu Dhabi’ exhibition announced the arrival of Emirati artists within the international art world with numerous excellent reviews in German and international media, including Harper’s Bazaar magazine. During 2017, EMAG will continue the promotion of fantastic Emirati and UAE-based international artists with a presence in celebrated Art Fairs round the world. The planned 2017 season of exhibitions will see a good more diverse and prestigious display of latest and exciting artists from round the globe and continued international publicity for UAE culture. EMAG’S GOAL The goal of EMAG may be a continuous progression of the art scene in Abu Dhabi, also as promoting Emirati traditions, culture and art to a wider global audience. We aim to open a dialogue with the general public and introduce new cultural concepts, whilst promoting the environmentally-conscious vision of our founder, H.E. Khaled Siddiq Al Mutawaa.