IT’S NOT ONLY GOING TO BE ONE OF THE REGION’S GREATEST OPENINGS IN 2017,
BUT PROBABLY THE MOST EXCITING FOR THE ART WORLD TOO. HERE’S ALL THE IMPORTANT NEED TO- KNOW ABOUT THE STUNNING LOUVRE ABU DHABI…
WHAT IS IT?
Only the BIGGEST news for art lovers in the GCC and beyond. Born out of an intergovernmental agreement between Abu Dhabi and France in 2007, Louvre Abu Dhabi and its universal story embodies the spirit of openness and dialogue among cultures, displaying works of historical, cultural and sociological significance from different times and civilisations. Once open, the museum’s permanent collection, as well as important loaned artworks from prestigious French institutions, will form an art historical narrative taking the visitor from ancient times to the contemporary through 23 permanent galleries in 12 sequences.
Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel has sought inspiration for the concept of Louvre Abu Dhabi in traditional Arabic architectural culture. Applying a contextual approach to the site, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has been designed as a ‘museum city’ in the sea, with its contrasting series of white buildings inspired by the medina and low-lying Arab settlements. In total there are approximately 55 individual buildings making up this museum city. The 180 meter-wide dome covers the majority of the museum city and becomes an iconic structure visible from the sea, the surrounding areas and Abu Dhabi city. The dome will primarily act as a shading canopy to protect the outdoor plaza and the buildings below from the heat of the sun, providing local comfort and reducing building energy consumption. This strategy allows visitors to circulate outdoors between the Museum Galleries, Exhibitions, Children’s Museum, open plaza, café and restaurant.
Louvre Abu Dhabi’s collection spans human history, emphasising exchange and shared human experience. The dialogue between artworks, manuscripts and objects in Louvre Abu Dhabi’s collection, from the most ancient to the most contemporary enables visitors to discover shared influences and intriguing connections between different cultures throughout history. The museum trail, highlighting universal themes and common influences, transcending geography, nationality and history, begins with prehistory, the birth of civilisations and the first great empires. It explores concepts such as religion, exchange across trade routes, voyages and discoveries, the role of the individual in history and contemporary themes related to the modern period and globalisation.
EXHIBITIONS & EXTERNAL WORKS
Temporary exhibitions will be presented throughout the year in a separate space, ensuring that returning visitors will always !nd something new to discover. These present the opportunity to stage original and innovative exhibitions that will be developed in collaboration with partner French museums, in some cases encompassing works from several institutions. An external artwork programme has also been integrated into the museum environment, extending the museum experience beyond the museum walls. The external artwork programme will include commissions from renowned contemporary artists who have been inspired by the museum environment to create unique in situ artworks and in some cases will be positioned in dialogue with other non-contemporary external artworks.
WHAT’S COMING UP?
Two internationally acclaimed artists have been commissioned to create site specific artworks that will be displayed in the museum when opening in 2017. Jean Nouvel’s ‘museum city’ with its streets, plazas and waterways will feature artworks exhibited both inside the galleries as well as outside. Giuseppe Penone and Jenny Holzer have worked closely with the Louvre Abu Dhabi team to develop sculptures and installations reflecting the universal stories of the museum and in harmony with the iconic building. These are the FIrst of a number of commissions for Louvre Abu Dhabi which will, through a diversity of artists, reflect the universal nature of the museum.Works from the permanent collection will be displayed alongside these commissions in the outdoor areas of the museum.Recreating the atmosphere of an Islamic courtyard, an Ottoman octagonal fountain and pavement (18th Century, Damascus, Syria) will be integrated in a contemporary scenography flooded with light.
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