A series of talks and lectures complementing Abu Dhabi Art 2010 will take place from the period of 4-7 November.

Thursday 4 November 

Talking Art: Daniel Buren & Alberto Giacometti, Contemporary Works, 1964-1966 - Auditorium, 12:30-13:30
Dialogue between artist Daniel Buren, Veronique Wiesinger/Giacometti Foundation and Kamel Mennour/Mennour Gallery moderated by Fabrice Bousteau. They will discuss the juxtaposition between Buren’s paintings and Giacometti’s sculpture from 1964-66.  The two masters featured in the present exhibition complement and bring forth the message delivered by Abu Dhabi Art 2010.

Abu Dhabi Art Gallery Panel - Auditorium, 13:30 - 15:00
Sarah Thornton, the writer of Seven Days in the Art World, to moderate a discussion between the gallerists Jay Jopling, Thaddaeus Ropac, David Zwirner, Saleh Barakat and Chang TsongZung (Johnson Chang).  

Talking Art: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov – Auditorium, 15:30 - 16:30
Abu Dhabi Art presents Emilia Kabakov talking to His Excellency Omar Ghobash in an exclusive interview about Ilya and Emilia’s greatest installations.

Talking Art: Louvre Abu Dhabi - Auditorium, 17:00 - 18:00
A museum talk: Abu Dhabi Art presents a discussion of the status and function of masterpieces in the Louvre Abu Dhabi and what it means to create a collection for a universal museum in the 21st century.  

Abu Dhabi Art Book Launch: Farhad Moshiri – Auditorium, 18:00 - 19:00
Launch of Farhad Moshiri’s first in-depth comprehensive monograph. The self-titled book will be presented in collaboration with The Third Line together with galleries Rodolphe Janssen, Emmanuel Perrotin and Thaddaeus Ropac. Followed by a book signing. 

Friday 5 November

Abu Dhabi Art presents Public Art - Auditorium, 12:00 - 13:00
From the object to the environment: In collaboration with Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi: Marc Pottier, art adviser and curator, talks on the subject of public art.  

Talking Art: The Auction House - Auditorium, 13:00 - 14:00
Abu Dhabi Art presents Artcurial, Bonhams, Sotheby’s and Christie’s discussing the fundamental role of the auction house within the art market. Moderated by Anna Somers-Cocks.  

Talking Art: RSTW - Auditorium, 14:30 - 16:00
A conversation with Paul Schimmel chief curator at MoCA Los Angeles andJeff Koons, Artist.  

Talking Art: Guggenheim Abu Dhabi - Auditorium, 16:00 - 18:00
Representing History Now: Abu Dhabi Art presents Lara Baladi, Akram Zaatari, Mary Kelly and Iftikar Dadi discussing the presentation of modern and contemporary visual culture in the Middle East, and the assumptions that influence our understanding of art within a particular cultural and historic context. Moderated by Suzanne Cotter, curator of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

Talking Art: Abdulnasser Gharem and James Clar - Auditorium, 18:00 - 19:00
Abu Dhabi Art presents a dialogue between two artists whose works examine themes of nationalism, globalism, communication and popular culture from Saudi Arabia and the United States respectively.

Saturday 6 November

Abu Dhabi Art Panel and Book Launches – Auditorium, 15:00 - 16:30
Art From Iraq and Iran?: Discussion of modern and contemporary art in the region with featured Meem Editions book launch artists Dia Azzawi and Parviz Tanavoli in discussion with Dr. Shiva Balaghi, Brown University and Dr. Nada Shabout, University of North Texas. Moderated by Philip Kennedy, Faculty Director, NYU Abu Dhabi Institute.  

Abu Dhabi Art Lecture – Auditorium, 16:30 - 17:30
Abu Dhabi Art presents a lecture with Huda Smithshuijzen AbiFares from Khatt Foundation and a film screening with filmmaker Jan de Bruin.  

Abu Dhabi Art Lecture – Auditorium, 17:30 - 18:30
Abu Dhabi Art presents Vincent Van Gogh: Facing Tragedy in collaboration with New York University Abu Dhabi: Reindert Falkenburg talks about Van Gogh’s early exploration of the relationship between art and life.   

Abu Dhabi Art  presents Nablus Soap, a collaboration between Al-Ma´mal Foundation for Contemporary Art and Beirut Art Center -Auditorium, 19:00-20:00
Nablus Soap is a performance talk by the curator Jack Persekian and artist Tarek Atoui. The ephemeral or perishable nature of soap alluded most precisely to the unsustainability of the arrangements of control over the West Bank and Gaza as delineated in the Oslo agreement maps. Mona Hatoum’s choice of this medium for her masterpiece “Present Tense” led Persekian to reflect for over a decade (1994-2004) on the failed peace promises, the separation wall and the volatile, shifting and disintegrating country.

Sunday 7 November 

Talking Design – Auditorium, 15:00 - 16:30
Abu Dhabi Art presents Khatt Foundation, Khalid Mezaina, Formafantasma, Unfold and Estudio Campana in discussion, moderated by Marcus Fairs. 

With Passion they Collect - Auditorium, 16:30-17:30
A panel discussion with lenders who have contributed works to the exhibition Opening The Doors: Collecting Middle Eastern Art. HE Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Dr. Farhad Farjam, talk about their passion for collecting art, moderated by Farbod Dowlatshahi.

Download the full programme schedule here, to find out more about the talks.