The first Louvre outside of Paris opened its doors in Abu Dhabi last week on Saturday 11 November 2017. The place was packed to capacity with visitors eager to experience this new cultural landmark. Baroque Access has all the details
Filled with art and history going back centuries, the brand new Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors on 11 November 2017. This iconic museum, which is located on Saadiyat Island, opened its doors to the public at 10am and although 1,000 more tickets than what will usually be available were for sale, they all sold out online long before opening day. Those first in line at the doors on Saturday were greeted by the director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manuel Rabaté . For him, and for the city of Abu Dhabi, this was a very important moment, something that had taken 10 years to come to fruition.
There is no doubt about it: architect Jean Nouvel’s creation is a masterpiece. But more important than that, it is the first universal museum in the Arab world that has opened to the public. To celebrate this auspicious occasion, a traditional Emirati al ayala dance was performed at the entrance to the museum.
The opening on Saturday was the start of a week-long series of celebrations to mark the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi (from November 11 – 14), which will offer visitors a completely different perspective on the history of art in the globalized world.
This iconic structure will soon be a well-known landmark in Abu Dhabi. It is located on the waterfront of the city’s cultural district on Saadiyat Island. The inaugural exhibition to be shown in the various galleries that make up the Louvre Abu Dhabi includes 600 works of art. . These pieces include ancient archaeological finds, decorative arts, neoclassical sculptures, paintings by modern masters and contemporary installations. Half of these pieces belong to the museum itself, and the other half is made up of pieces from the museum’s partner museums in France. In addition, from December this year, the museum will have an ongoing program of special exhibitions.
This magnificent museum is the result of a collaboration between France and Abu Dhabi, which is the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It pays tribute to arts and culture through various artworks and artefacts from around the globe. The inaugural exhibition offers a chronological history of art from pre-history to modern times, covering the first communities and universal religions right up to the present day.
The opening week includes a number of special performances including a sold-out show by French singer and rock guitarist Matthieu Chedid, known as –M– on November 11, Malian performer Fatoumata Diawara the following day, Lebanese jazz and world musician Ibrahim Maalouf on November 13 and magnificent singer and dancer Totó La Momposina on November 14.
A special exhibition, From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone, opens on 21 December 2017. It traces the 18th Century history of musée du Louvre in Paris and includes royal collections at Versailles under King Louis XIV as well as numerous other works. The exhibition will feature approximately 150 significant paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and other pieces, mainly from the collections of musée du Louvre, but also from the Château de Versailles.
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