TOP FIVE

Must-see at­trac­tions at the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi.

Virgin Australia Voyeur - - TRAVEL - Words ASH­LEIGH WIL­SON

1 THE BUILD­ING

Jean Nou­vel’s mas­ter­piece it­self is a rea­son to visit. A tri­umph of ge­om­e­try and light, the dome spans 180 me­tres, spray­ing a ‘rain of light’ on to the space be­low. It’s ex­tra­or­di­nary: mod­est on ap­proach, then en­tranc­ing on closer in­spec­tion.

2 SAL­VA­TOR MUNDI

BY LEONARDO DA VINCI When it went un­der the ham­mer in New York in Novem­ber for US$450.3 mil­lion ($567 mil­lion), this paint­ing be­came the most ex­pen­sive art­work ever sold. Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man was later re­ported to have bought the paint­ing via a proxy.

3 DANC­ING SHIVA

Once owned by the Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia (NGA), this Tamil Nadu bronze was bought by the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi af­ter the NGA sold it to buy another Shiva. Abu Dhabi’s gain was Can­berra’s loss: the NGA’s new Shiva turned out to have been stolen and was sub­se­quently re­turned to In­dia.

4 UN­TI­TLED (I-IX)

BY CY TWOMBLY This blue nine-panel work cov­ers the walls near the front en­trance to the museum. It’s one of the many high­lights of a col­lec­tion that also in­cludes works by Gio­vanni Bellini, Piet Mondrian and Paul Gau­guin.

5 LA BELLE FERRONNIÈRE

This por­trait, be­lieved to be by Leonardo da Vinci or one of his as­sis­tants, on loan from the Lou­vre, demon­strates the strength of the Abu Dhabi museum’s part­ner­ship with its French coun­ter­part.

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