Abu Dhabi’s lat­est ac­qui­si­tion in art

World Travel Magazine - - Just In - CHRIS­TINE LEE

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

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