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The Lou­vre Abu Dhabi, a project 10 years in the mak­ing, fi­nally opened its doors to the pub­lic last month af­ter sev­eral de­lays. Lo­cated on Saadiyat Is­land, a cul­tural dis­trict near down­town Abu Dhabi, it is the first mu­seum to bear the Lou­vre name out­side France un­der a 30-year deal worth more than £663 mil­lion (S$1.19 bil­lion).

The United Arab Emi­rates project is de­signed by Pritzker Prize-win­ning ar­chi­tect Jean Nou­vel and fea­tures a mas­sive dome roof formed by about 8,000 over­lap­ping metal stars. The lat­tice­work al­lows “a rain of light” to fil­ter through and il­lu­mi­nate the in­te­rior.

The Lou­vre Abu Dhabi will show­case about 600 art­works in its first year. Thir­teen of France’s top mu­se­ums will lend works to the mu­seum for the next 10 years. About 300 pieces are cur­rently on loan, in­clud­ing Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Fer­ronniere and an 1887 self-por­trait by Vin­cent van Gogh. 在 普利兹克奖得主法国建筑师Jean Nou­vel的倾力操刀下,一座由巨大银色穹顶笼罩的博物馆城在阿布扎比附近的萨迪亚特岛昂然矗立。这是阿拉伯世界首座面向全世界的跨文化博物馆——刚开幕不久的阿布扎比卢浮宫。

博物馆城犹如一个传统的阿拉伯麦地那,参观者可在穹顶下的步道漫步,俯瞰大海。直径180米的巨大穹顶由近8000个组成复杂几何图形的金属星星构成。当阳光透过穹顶射下来时,穹顶下会呈现富有动感的光之雨。

阿布扎比卢浮宫首年将展出600件艺术品,其中300件展品从13个法国博物馆租借,包括法国卢浮宫的达芬奇画作《美丽的费隆妮叶夫人》和奥赛博物馆的梵高作品《自画像》。

阿布扎比与法国在2007年签署合作协议,合约允许它使用巴黎卢浮宫的名称,并租借巴黎卢浮宫以及其他法国博物馆的藏品,租借期长达30年。

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