Abu Dhabi’s latest acquisition in art
The latest amongst the million reasons to visit Abu Dhabi - the Persian Gulf branch of the legendary Louvre opens here this November! In a constant one-up race with its neighbours and the Singapore / Hong Kong combo in South East Asia, it would appear that Abu Dhabi has significantly increased its culture-lead against the other citystates.
This soon-to-be icon has been developed with the expertise of the Agence Francemuseums and in partnership with the renowned Musée du Louvre - the gold standard in museological excellence since its foundation in 1793.
Pritzker-winning architect Jean Nouvel’s inspirations from the region’s geography and history combined with the symphony of light have moulded this historic venue, giving the structure a dreamlike mirage quality. A perforated metal dome covers the museum, letting soft, calming light spill into the corridors.
Elegantly perched beside the glistening emerald waters of the Persian Gulf, its certain to speak the universal language of inspiration, breathtaking beauty and joy to different cultures, nationalities, and religions embracing a dialogue the museum wishes to engender.
The inaugural attraction of the new Cultural District on the western tip of Saadiyat Island, Louvre Abu Dhabi is scheduled to display 300 artworks from the Louvre, Musée d’orsay and Centre Pompidou, including Leonardo da Vinci’s “La Belle Ferroniere”, Claude Monet’s “Saint-lazare” and Henri Matisse’s “Still Life With Magnolia.”
From top, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s plaza; Louvre Abu Dhabi’s exterior