Abu Dhabi opening its own Louvre in November

2017-09-07 11:40 - Gabi Zietsman
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(Louvre Abu Dhabi/Mohamed Somji)

(Louvre Abu Dhabi/Mohamed Somji)

Cape Town - Louvre Abu Dhabi, a museum city, has announced it will open its doors to the public in November.

Hailed as 'the first museum of its kind in the Arab world' in a statement, Louvre Abu Dhabi was born from an intergovernmental agreement between the Arab city and France, as an extension of the famous Louvre in Paris.

The museum's buildings were constructed underneath a massive silvery dome, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel. The 180-metre masterpiece will serve to protect the buildings and visitors from the sun, thus reducing energy consumption for each building. 

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It will be a museum that focuses on shared human stories across culture, religion and civilisations, and will include exhibits on loan from its French namesake. The displays will vary from ancient artifacts to contemporary artworks, as well as a family-friendly exhibit called the Children's Museum.

(Louvre Abu Dhabi/Mohamed Somji)

(Louvre Abu Dhabi/Mohamed Somji)

His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak from the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority said, "Louvre Abu Dhabi embodies our belief that nations thrive on diversity and acceptance, with a curatorial narrative that emphasises how interconnected the world has always been."

Some of the artists whose works will be displayed there are Edouard Manet, Paul Gaunguin, Ai Weiwei, Jenny Holzer, as well as Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait and one of Leonardo da Vinci's artworks on loan from Paris. The agreement between the two museums will last for 30 years and six months, including the shared name.

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(Louvre Abu Dhabi/Mohamed Somji)

(Louvre Abu Dhabi/Mohamed Somji)

President-director of the French Louvre museum, Jean-Luc Martinez, stated that the original Louvre is proud of this joint partnership. "I am delighted to see that we are entering the final phase of a project with a spirit of openness perfectly aligned with the true nature of the Louvre. I wish that, out of the Saadiyat Island, it will be carrying out this inspiring world awareness mission to the future generations."

The museum will also have a restaurant, café and state-of-the-art multimedia guides and animated maps to help visitors orientate themselves in the museum complex.

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(Louvre Abu Dhabi/Mohamed Somji)

(Louvre Abu Dhabi/Mohamed Somji)

General entrance tickets will be 60 AED (about R210) and 30 AED (about R105) for people between 13 and 22 years of age. The entrance is free for children under 13 years, members of the museum's loyalty programme, journalists and visitors with special needs.

Visit their website for more information.

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