THE BLACK BOOK
This month’s names, numbers, events and addresses of note
Ten years in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will open its doors to the public on November 11. The museum will launch with almost 700 exhibits, approximately half of which will belong to the museum’s permanent collection, while the other half will consist of loans from 13 major French cultural institutions, including the Louvre Museum, the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The loans will include Monet’s La Gare Saint-Lazare, a selfportrait by Vincent Van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronniére ( Portrait
of an Unknown Woman), which will leave Europe for the first time to become the first painting by the Renaissance polymath to be exhibited in the Middle East.
“Abu Dhabi has put its hand on its heart and said that the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s messages are ones that it wants to send to the rest of the world: messages of unity, acceptance, connectivity and tolerance,” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. “These were messages that were important 1,000 years ago, but are even more important today and Abu Dhabi is the beacon that will broadcast these messages to the Arab world and to the rest of the world.”