Stephanie Rosenthal has been chosen as the project director of the much-awaited Abu Dhabi outpost of the Guggenheim Museum.
The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is one of the most ambitious projects of the mega gallery, with 20 years in the making. It will be opened on Saadiyat Island, which is an art hub in the UAE. Once finished, the mega space will house some of the most elite names in the art world. These include the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and the Abu Dhabi Performance Arts Center. All of these are being designed by some of the most eminent architects in the world, like the French architect Jean Nouvel. Once completed by its scheduled launch in 2025, the space is expected to see a footfall of almost 8 million tourists each year.
Stephanie Rosenthal has been serving as the director of the Gropius Bau since 2018; the woman to do so. During her time there, she has been credited with revolutionizing the art collection by paying special focus on contemporary artists coming from diverse walks of life. She also started the first residency program for artists at Gropius Bau. Prior to this, Stephanie Rosenthal was the chief curator at the Hayward Gallery, London for 10 years.
The Munich-born curator will take over her new position in September in Abu Dhabi. Speaking about her selection, Rosenthal said: “My goal is to create an inclusive institution that is truly rooted in the region and can become one of the most important institutions worldwide. I have always been committed to the vision of artists and supported their artistic creative process.”