The 2020 winner, Haweia – an Arabic term meaning “identity” – will be a sculptural installation serving as a lens through which visitors can contemplate their inner selves and discover different configurations of their Haweia as they move around and inside the piece. Haweia will officially be unveiled at NYUAD in November 2020, prior to the installation being taken on tour to Abu Dhabi Art and Umm Al Emarat Park.

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In line with the local and international measures taken to ensure the health and safety of the public, the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation has postponed the Abu Dhabi Festival’s headline programme.

The programme completed with cultural managers, artists, entrepreneurs, designers, innovators, curators, and community organisers from across the UAE experimenting with multidisciplinary project ideas and inventive approaches to creating change through culture.

Distant Prospects – European Landscape Paintings from LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections presents the history of European landscape painting from one of the world’s most important private collections and is now open to the public. These masterpieces have never before been seen in the Middle East, and the paintings date back to the 15th century, featuring key figures in the Late Renaissance and Baroque artistic movements, including works by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Joos de Momper, Jan Brueghel the Younger and Peter Paul Rubens, among many others, collected and preserved over many generations by the House of Liechtenstein. The Exhibition will be open to the public until 25th of March 2019 at Manarat al Saadiyat, Gallery S in Abu Dhabi.

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As part of the Distant Prospects exhibition, five Emirati artists from ADMAF’s Nationals’ Gallery were sent overseas on a visual arts residency programme. Firstly they visited and met with the Princely Collections team in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, after which they  headed to Vienna, Austria, to visit both City and Summer Palaces, which form part of the Princely Collections. Visits were also made to a variety of important Viennese museums including Museum of Modern Art Vienna (MUMOK), the Art History Museum Vienna, World Museum, Albertina, Kunstforum and Hundertwasser Haus. Through this residency programme ADMAF provided a vital opportunity for Emirati artists to develop and shape their artistic practice within an international context, while facilitating important cultural dialogue between them and their contemporaries overseas. 

Celebrating Arabic literature, the annual programme culminated this year with the launch of 16 new works by Emirati authors, including works for children and fiction for adults. During the signing event, fans met the authors, discussed their works and received copies of the new works.