The Louvre Abu Dhabi opens its doors to the public on November 11 – a universal museum that focuses on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures.
The first museum of its kind in the Middle East, the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s collection will span the entirety of human existence: from prehistorical objects to commissioned contemporary artworks, highlighting universal themes and ideas.
Louvre Abu Dhabi has acquired more than 600 artworks to date including individual works, series and collections. On display will be an important collection of artworks and artefacts, and loans from France’s top museums, including Leonardo da Vinci’s (1452 – 1519) La Belle Ferronnière (on loan from musée du Louvre); Vincent van Gogh’s (1853 – 1890) self-portrait (musée d'Orsay et de l'Orangerie); a rare ivory saltcellar from the Benin Empire (musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac); and Jacques-Louis David’s (1748 – 1825) Napoleon Crossing the Alps (Château de Versailles), among many other magnificent works of art.
In addition to the galleries, the museum will offer temporary exhibitions, a Children’s Museum, an auditorium, a restaurant, a boutique and a café.
Designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has been designed as an Arab medina under a vast silvery dome. Visitors can walk through the promenades overlooking the sea beneath the museum’s iconic 190-metre dome, comprising almost 8000 unique metal stars set in a complex geometric pattern. When sunlight filters through, it creates a moving ‘rain of light’ beneath the dome, reminiscent of the overlapping palm trees in the oases of the United Arab Emirates.
Tickets for the museum are available online at 60 AED for general admission and 30 AED for those between 13 and 22 years old. Free entry will apply to members of the museum’s loyalty programme, children under 13 years, ICOM or ICOMOS members, journalists, and visitors with special needs, as well as their companion.
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