The world has waited with bated breath for an entire decade, and now the much-anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi Universal Museum has opened its doors to the public. The Louvre is set to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status within the UAE and also solidifying the UAE’s position in the world of art as a nation that truly appreciates art and culture. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the very first of its kind in the UAE – a universal museum that’s the result of a collaborative effort between Abu Dhabi and France. If you’re thinking that The Louvre Abu Dhabi is just a replication of the Louvre, Paris, then you are dead wrong. The name is indicative of the Arab-French collaboration, but no more than that.
Abu Dhabi’s Cultural Landmark – Saadiyat Island
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a part of a US$27 billion cultural and tourism development for Saadiyat Island. The French Museums Agency is in collaboration with Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), which is behind Saadiyat Island’s transformation into a cultural destination.
Located in the Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is the largest structure housing world-class cultural assets. The Louvre Abu Dhabi’s glory is further enhanced by the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Contemporary Arts Museum. The world’s largest Guggenheim museum in the Middle East is set to take people’s breaths away.
The Zayed National Museum is to be designed by United Kingdom-based architectural company Foster and Partners, ably directed by Lord Norman Foster. That apart, the Louvre des have good neighbors with a performing arts center designed by Zaha Hadid, and a maritime museum with concept design by Tadao Ando. Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District also possess a number of arts pavilions for people to enjoy. On the whole, an Abu Dhabi Louvre tour is enhancing one’s cultural appreciation, with spectacular art displays all around.
Displays The Public Can Enjoy At The Louvre Abu Dhabi
A firm commitment was issued by the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s director and the TCA chairman that on November 11th, 2017, that the museum will open its doors to the public, with almost 700 incredible exhibits on display. Half of these artworks are part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection, while the other half are on loan from 13 major French cultural institutions. These include the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre Museum and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. People are exploring with bated breath the Monet’s La Gare Saint-Lazare, Vincent Van Gogh’s self-portrait, and the enigmatic La Belle Ferronniére by Leonardo da Vinci. La Belle Ferronniére is the very first painting by da Vinci to leave Europe and is being exhibited in the Middle East.
That apart, the Abu Dhabi Louvre displays a number of artworks and art installations ranging from the ancient to the modern. A 3rd millennium B.C Bactrian princess created in Central Asia, an Ottoman turban helmet, Paul Gauguin’s 1888 painting ‘Children Wrestling’, and an enormous art installation by Ai Weiwei in 1957 will be among the first to be displayed in the brand-new Louvre. Three engraved stone walls created by the American artist Jenny Holzer has taken the place of pride among the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s site-specific outdoor works.
From December 21st, 2017 to 7th April 2018 a special inaugural exhibition titled, ‘From One Louvre to Another,’ was held for visitors. This exhibition takes a good look at the history of the Musée du Louvre in Paris, giving people an insight into the Versailles royal collections under King Louis XIV all the way to the creation of the modern Paris Louvre museum.
Manuel Rabaté described the Louvre Abu Dhabi as a ‘gift to the world’ which will open the world’s eyes to a new perspective. A visit to the Louvre Abu Dhabi is bringing people face-to-face with incredible masterpieces from all historical periods and from around the world – masterpieces never seen outside of Europe before. The magnificent building beautifully complements the incredible artworks it holds, making a visit to the Louvre Abu Dhabi the highlight of any art lover’s life.
- Louvre Abu Dhabi Admission Tickets
|Tour Duration||Start Time||End Time||Reporting Time||Pick-Up Point||Days Of Operation|
|2 hours||TBA*||TBA*||TBA*||Hotel/Residence||Saturday – Wednesday ,Thursday – Friday|
The Louvre Abu Dhabi Operational hours are Saturday – Wednesday: 10.00 am – 08.00 pm and Thursday – Friday: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
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