“See Humanity in a new light.” Louvre Abu Dhabi
November 2017 is a historic month here in the UAE as the greatly anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi is officially unveiled. Located in the cultural district on Saadiyat Island, this architectural waterfront masterpiece designed by French architect Jean Nouvel features an iconic geometric patterned dome that seemingly floats above the museum creating a ‘rain of light’ beneath.
I was fortunate to have a sneak peek inside this amazing space where artworks and artefacts from across the globe are showcased as part of the inaugural exhibition. Twelve galleries, each bathed in light from the skylights above, house everything from period pieces to modern and contemporary installations. This unique intergovernmental partnership between the UAE and France has given the Louvre Abu Dhabi access to borrow works such as key pieces by Leonardo Da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh among many others.
Surrounded by water and inspired by the medina, the main areas of the beautiful light filled white space are both inviting and tranquil. Some areas have dancing sunrays casting ever changing patterns through Nouvel’s interlaced palm leaf design, others are cooler, shaded and still. Visitors can wander through the displays of archaeological discoveries, ancient pieces, sculptures and paintings by such greats as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Jackson Pollock to name but a few.
After ten years in the making the completion and official opening of this landmark project will be celebrated over four days from 11th November with a full and varied programme of cultural events. Music, dance, poetry, light shows and fireworks along with guided tours will ensure this memorial milestone is embedded in the hearts and minds of attendees.
For all the information about the Opening Week Programme of Events – click here
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Location: Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Opening Hours: Saturday – Wednesday 10:00am – 8:00pm (closed on Mondays), Thursday & Friday 10:00am – 10:00pm. Last ticket/entry 30 minutes before closing – click here for online admission tickets
Cost: AED 60 for general admission, AED 30 for visitors aged 13-22. Free for children under 13, UAE education professionals and media.
Become a member – join Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Club here
Free wifi is offered inside the museum. Parking is free and valet parking is also available There is a separate children’s museum, cafe and boutique.
Inaugural Special Exhibition: From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone opens on 21st December 2017
I was invited to the press preview of Louvre Abu Dhabi. All views are my own based on my experience. Unless otherwise stated all photos © Jo Brett 2017. All rights reserved. Last photo used with courtesy of www.louvreabudhabi.ae