Grand open­ing set for Lou­vre


Gulf News - - Front Page - Staff Re­porter BY SAMIHAH ZA­MAN

T he open­ing of the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi will be a grand af­fair with four days of cel­e­bra­tions that in­clude a series of per­for­mances, work­shops and shows, or­gan­is­ers said yes­ter­day.

Th­ese fes­tiv­i­ties will be­gin soon af­ter the mu­seum opens to the pub­lic at 10am on Novem­ber 11, the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi an­nounced in a state­ment.

Dur­ing the day, visi­tors will be able to par­tic­i­pate in work­shops or take guided tours around the mu­seum. A num­ber of dance and mu­si­cal per­for­mances are also planned for the day­time, and a series of head­line acts en­thral au­di­ences in the evening. In ad­di­tion, the evening of Novem­ber 11 will also fea­ture a dra­matic lightvideo-the­atre per­for­mance by French py­rotech­nic wizards, Groupe F, to cel­e­brate the col­lec­tion and ar­chi­tec­ture of the mu­seum.


Manuel Ra­bate, di­rec­tor of the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi, said: “Cre­ativ­ity, cross-cul­tural un­der­stand­ing and hu­man­ity’s in­nate fas­ci­na­tion with dis­cov­er­ing new ideas and tra­di­tions from around the world are at the heart of the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi’s ethos and col­lec­tions.

“The spec­tac­u­lar open­ing week pro­gramme re­ally is a celebration of di­ver­sity, bring­ing to­gether tal­ented mu­si­cians, artists and per­form­ers from coun­tries span­ning the globe, and will of­fer a colour­ful and un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence to launch this project,” said.

The mu­seum, de­vel­oped un­der a 2007 in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment be­tween the UAE and France fea­tures col­lec­tions from across civil­i­sa­tions and cul­tures. Its 600-piece per­ma­nent col­lec­tion ranges from the Palae­olithic era to the present day, and th­ese will be sup­ple­mented by loans from lead­ing French mu­se­ums and re­gional cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions.

The state­ment from the mu­seum said that tick­ets are now avail­able on­line for head­line acts, in­clud­ing French singer and rock gui­tarist Matthieu Che­did, known as — M —, Malian per­former Fa­toumata Di­awara; Le­banese jazz and world mu­si­cian Ibrahim Maalouf, and singer and dancer Totó La Mom­posina, whose per­for­mances are in­spired by Colom­bian Caribbean tra­di­tions.

De­sign­ing masks

Those who wish to par­tic­i­pate in work­shops will be able to de­sign unique geo­met­ric pat­terns or masks, or hone their ob­ser­va­tional skills as they go through the gal­leries. Reg­is­tra­tion for th­ese will be free, and can be com­pleted at the mu­seum’s tick­et­ing desk.

Fi­nally, there will be guided tours de­signed to in­tro­duce the mu­seum’s mas­ter­pieces, en­gage fam­i­lies, and high­light French ar­chi­tect Jean Nou­vel’s ar­chi­tec­ture of the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi.

The evening of Novem­ber 11 will also fea­ture a light-video-the­atre per­for­mance to cel­e­brate the col­lec­tion and ar­chi­tec­ture of the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi.

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