Guggenheim Organizes Museum Program for 2019 Culture Summit Abu Dhabi


As one of five global partners for
the Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2019, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
joins Google, UNESCO, the Royal Academy of Arts, and The Economist
Events in developing five streams of programming to address the theme of
Cultural Responsibility and New Technology. Led by the Guggenheim, the
Museums Stream will engage an international group of cultural
influencers, museum directors, curators, and artists to consider the
role of museums—not solely as platforms for dialogue and understanding,
but also as catalysts for transformative ideas and experiences. The
program will address how the meteoric rise of digital technology, an
evolving definition of culture, and shifting expectations from new
audiences demand a reexamination of how museums, seen as stewards,
conveners, and seekers, can evolve with the needs and pace of the 21st
century. Comprised of three panels, the program will be
held from April 7 through 11 at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi.

Moderated by Richard Armstrong,
Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation; Alexandra Munroe,
Senior Curator, Asian Art and Senior Advisor, Global Arts, Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum and Interim Director, Curatorial Affairs, Guggenheim
Abu Dhabi; and Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator, Architecture and Digital
Initiatives, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, these vital conversations
will invite innovative, forward-thinking solutions to prescient
questions: What are the influences shaping the next generation of global
art museums? How can museums activate the past in the present? How can
museums creatively embrace the “Digital Age”? How can museums,
institutions fostering global citizenship, thoughtfully engage diversity
that arises from new art histories while also honoring the legacy of
the past?

For the complete list of participants and full information on all five streams of programming, visit

Culture Summit Abu Dhabi is a
forum for invited leaders from the fields of the arts, heritage, media,
museums, public policy, and technology, brought together to identify
ways in which culture can build bridges and promote positive change. In
its 2018 edition, the Culture Summit was attended by 350 delegates from
85 countries. The summit is organized by the Department of Culture and
Tourism, Abu Dhabi. To register interest in participating, contact