One year later

A year on from its open­ing, we round up the best of the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi

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Hailed as be­ing the world’s first uni­ver­sal mu­seum, Lou­vre Abu Dhabi opened its doors for busi­ness on the 11th of Novem­ber 2017. The in­au­gu­ra­tion speeches by the French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron and the UAE’s lead­ers claimed the mu­seum sig­ni­fied a new way of wit­ness­ing hu­man­ity. By do­ing away with tra­di­tional de­part­ments di­vided by ge­og­ra­phy or time pe­riod, the kind usu­ally found in ma­jor mu­se­ums, Lou­vre Abu Dhabi dis­plays ob­jects from dif­fer­ent parts of the world that were made in the same era in or­der to find a com­mon nar­ra­tive or a uni­ver­sal story. It marks quite a shift in the way we ex­pe­ri­ence mu­se­ums and paves the way for the fu­ture of mu­seum mak­ing in our age of glob­al­i­sa­tion.

As well as the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, the mu­seum has hosted a num­ber of tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions and events.

THE PER­MA­NENT COL­LEC­TION

The mu­seum be­gins with a pro­logue room ti­tled the Grand Vestibule. Upon the floor, the jagged line of the coast­line of the UAE ap­pears to en­cour­age the vis­i­tor to feel like a mar­i­time ex­plorer, metaphor­i­cally washed up on the shores of Abu Dhabi and about to en­ter a brave new world. The rest of the con­tent is laid out over 12 rooms or chap­ters. It starts in the pre­his­toric ages and moves to the present day. Thanks to the clever pre­sen­ta­tion, it makes a vis­i­tor feel as if they are walk­ing through the story of the his­tory of all civil­i­sa­tion. As you move from one hall to the next, it is as if a new page of his­tory is be­ing turned.

FROM ONE LOU­VRE TO AN­OTHER DE­CEM­BER 21, 2017 TO APRIL 7, 2018

The Musée du Lou­vre in Paris houses one of the world’s most renowned col­lec­tions of art. This ex­hi­bi­tion was di­vided into three sec­tions re­veal­ing the cre­ation of the French mu­seum from the royal col­lec­tions at the Château de Ver­sailles un­der Louis XIV, the Lou­vre as a palace for artists, and the fi­nal open­ing of the mu­seum. This fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory told in the con­text of the Abu Dhabi mu­seum, asked view­ers to com­pare the in­sti­tu­tions and con­sider the sig­nif­i­cance of both.

CO-LAB: CON­TEM­PO­RARY ART AND SAVOIR-FAIRE DE­CEM­BER 21, 2017 TO AU­GUST 26, 2018

This was a space for con­tem­po­rary works of art cre­ated by UAE-based artists to be dis­played. The Co-Lab pro­gramme paired up young artists with lead­ing French man­u­fac­tur­ers to cre­ate col­lab­o­ra­tive works all re­spond­ing to the sub­ject of time. The fresh and thought­ful in­stal­la­tions were a re­fresh­ing ex­pres­sion of cre­ativ­ity.

HU­MAN­ITY IN THE PO­ETRY OF THE LATE SHEIKH ZAYED FE­BRU­ARY 21, 2018

As part of a se­ries of on-go­ing talks held in the mu­seum’s au­di­to­rium this was a dis­cus­sion about the le­gacy that the UAE’s found­ing fa­ther left be­hind in his po­etry. Fea­tur­ing Dr Ghas­san Has­san, a Na­bati po­etry ex­pert and Sul­tan Al Amimi, a spe­cial­ist re­searcher the schol­ars talked about how the po­ems re­flect the for­mer leader’s hu­man­i­tar­ian side, mes­sages of unity, vi­sion for de­vel­op­ment and lo­cal cul­ture.

LOVE AND RE­VENGE (GHARAM WA INTIQAM) MAY 2 TO MAY 3, 2018

This live mu­sic and video show by Randa Mirza and Wael Kodeih re­vis­its mu­sic and cinema ar­chive from the Arab world, fea­tur­ing singers and film stars from Arab pop songs and Egyp­tian films.

GLOBES: THE VI­SIONS OF THE WORLD MARCH 23 TO JUNE 2, 2018

This ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plored the his­tory of the spher­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the world and its sci­en­tific in­stru­ments from an­tiq­uity to the present day. Sourced mainly from the na­tional li­brary of France (Bi­b­lio­thèque na­tionale de France) more than 40 globes and spheres, rare ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­mains, scripts, as­tro­labes and world maps im­mersed visi­tors in the 2500 years’ his­tory of rep­re­sent­ing the world.

JA­PANESE CON­NEC­TIONS: THE BIRTH OF MODERN DÉ­COR SEPTEM­BER 6 TO NOVEM­BER 24, 2018

This ex­hi­bi­tion traces the in­flu­ence of the iconic Ja­panese Ukiyo-e aes­thetic on modern French dec­o­ra­tive artists, through a pre­sen­ta­tion of more than 40 prints, paint­ings and screens. It also in­cludes Manga Lab, a spe­cial space for teenagers and young adults to ex­plore Ja­panese youth cul­ture through vir­tual re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ences, graphic comics and gam­ing. (Septem­ber 6, 2018 to Jan­uary 5, 2019)

BIG IN JA­PAN FES­TI­VAL OC­TO­BER 25 TO 27, 2018.

This week­end fes­ti­val in­cluded a spo­ken word per­for­mance by Emi­rati Afra Atiq and a per­for­mance by the Turntable Sym­phono­graph Orches­tra from Ja­pan. The mu­seum’s café also fea­tured a spe­cial Ja­panese in­spired menu.

Zeinab Al­hashemi’s art­work

Mo­bilier na­tional, Thibaut Chapo­tot (Khalid Sha­far’s)

Ta­line Hazbar’s art­work

Vikram Divecha’s art­work

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