The much-awaited opening of the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi has been set for November 11.
The first museum of its kind in the Middle East, Louvre Abu Dhabi will display over 600 artworks and artefacts, and loads 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); and Standing Woman II by Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) from Centre Pompidou.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is regarded as a universal museum that focuses on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures, showcasing a collection that spans the entirety of human existence, from prehistoric times to commissioned contemporary artworks.
In addition to the galleries, the museum will include exhibitions, a Children’s Museum, a restaurant, a boutique and a café.
Located on Saadiyat Island and designed by renowned French architect, Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is an iconic architectural structure. Its 190-metre silver dome comprises 8,000 metal stars set in an exacting geometric pattern which gives the effect of the pattern of light one would experience if you were sitting underneath the palm trees in the oases of the United Arab Emirates.
Visitors will be able to walk under this ‘rain of light’ and through promenades overlooking the Arabian Gulf.
To mark the launch, Abu Dhabi will be hosting a wide range of public programmes, including symposiums, performances, concerts, dance, and visual arts by renowned contemporary and classical artists.
Visitors can purchase tickets online at 60 AED for general admission and 30 AED for those between 13 and 22 years old. Free entry applies for children under 13 and visitors with special needs and their companions.
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