Louvre Abu Dhabi
A new cultural landmark for the 21st century…
The much-anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi opened to the public on November 11, with a spectacular
week-long series of celebrations. It is the first museum of its kind in the Arab region and offers a new perspective on the history of art in a globalized world.
An iconic architectural masterpiece designed by Jean Nouvel, it is located on the waterfront in Abu Dhabi’s cultural district on Saadiyat Island. The inaugural installation in its spacious collection galleries presented 600 works of art, half from its own rich holdings, and half consisting of stellar works visiting from its 13 partner museums in France. The museum will also begin an ongoing programme of special exhibitions in December.
Louvre Abu Dhabi is the result of a unique collaboration between Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and France. During its opening celebrations, Louvre Abu Dhabi welcomed 30,000 visitors, 227 artists and performers and numerous VIPs and official visits.
“Welcoming thousands of visitors to Louvre Abu Dhabi during the opening week has been an honor,” said Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi. “Walking under the dome and seeing the rain of light for the first time is an awe-inspiring experience and a dramatic backdrop for the multicultural performances and concerts. Louvre Abu Dhabi’s opening week has been characterized by a truly joyful, creative atmosphere, which has inspired Abu Dhabi’s residents and visitors.”
To mark the historic occasion, Louvre Abu Dhabi presented four days of public performances, workshops and concerts, including an exceptional audiovisual light show from Groupe F and headline concerts under the museum’s iconic dome from French superstar Matthieu Chedid, known as –M–; Malian singer and dancer Fatoumata Diawara; jazz and world music sensation Ibrahim Maalouf; and Colombian-Caribbean powerhouse Totó La Momposina.
In total the museum presented 25 events by 227 artists across the four days, including choreography by Lucinda Childs and Lemi Ponifasio; traditional Emirati Al Ayaala, Chinese and Dogon parades; a music video montage of found TV footage by Emirati artist Hind Mezaina; and other multicultural music, dance and art performances.
Residents, tourists, and delegations visited Louvre Abu Dhabi throughout the opening week, exploring its universal collections and architecture for the first time. Around 1 million people visited Louvre Abu Dhabi’s website during the week, and the museum registered more than 1,100 new members of its Art Club membership programme.
To learn more about Louvre Abu Dhabi check out the website: www.louvreabudhabi.ae