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Louvre Abu Dhabi's exterior with Abu Dhabi's skyline (night) | © Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photography: Mohamed Somji
Louvre Abu Dhabi's exterior with Abu Dhabi's skyline (night) | © Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photography: Mohamed Somji
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Louvre Abu Dhabi To Open This November

Picture of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 19 October 2017
Today Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum of its kind in the UAE, announced it will open to the public on 11 November, 2017.

Encompassing galleries, a Children’s Museum, café, restaurant and boutique, the Louvre Abu Dhabi‘s opening weekend celebrations will include performances, symposiums and dance events.

Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel has designed a unique complex in the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that will house a wealth of artefacts, artworks and loans from France’s top museums.

Renders of Louvre Abu Dhabi
Renders of Louvre Abu Dhabi | © TDIC, Architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Under a vast shimmering 180-metre dome, light will filter through an intricately-designed geometric pattern onto visitors as they promenade through the museum spaces that overlooks the sea.

Focusing on the shared cultural stories across civilisations, the museum will not follow traditional museography, instead spanning human existence in its entirety.

View overlooking the sea
View overlooking the sea | © Louvre Abu Dhabi. Photo: Mohamed Somji

‘Louvre Abu Dhabi embodies our belief that nations thrive on diversity and acceptance, with a curatorial narrative that emphasises how interconnected the world has always been,’ said His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. ‘The museum represents the latest innovation in a long-standing tradition of cultural preservation nurtured by the founding leaders of the UAE.’

Renders of Louvre Abu Dhabi
Renders of Louvre Abu Dhabi | © TDIC, Architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Visitors can expect a wide variety on show from thematic displays, an introduction to funerary rituals, the exploration of similarities between geographical territories to the presentation of sacred texts, the artistic dialogue initiated through trading routes, and the impact of globalisation as questioned through a monumental work by Ai Weiwei.

American artist Jenny Holzer has created the museum’s first site-specific work. The three engraved stone walls that reference important historical texts quite literally infiltrate the architecture’s fabric in the outdoor areas.

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s plaza
Louvre Abu Dhabi’s plaza | © Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photo: Mohamed Somji

With a unique global narrative and a vision to explore the history of art in a fresh context, Louvre Abu Dhabi is a place where visitors can come to understand their own and others’ cultures, said Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi. ‘Its ground-breaking architecture complements a presentation of exceptional treasures that represent a snapshot of humanity’s creativity, and paves the way for new discussions.’

Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 600 56 55 66

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