Works from the Louvre Abu Dhabi to go on show in Paris
Ahead of the museum's UAE opening
In an exhibition titled 'Birth of a Museum' more than 160 masterpieces from the Louvre Abu Dhabi's private and permanent collection will go on show, for the first time outside of the UAE capital, at the Musee du Louvre in Paris.
The showcase at the museum's famed Napoleon Hall will provide visitors to Musee du Louvre with a preview of the museum that is set to open here in the Middle East late next year, in the Saadiyat Cultural District – also the home to the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
Visitors will be able to explore artworks from ancient times including one of the finest examples of a standing Bactrian Princess from the end of the 3rd millennium BCE. The display will also include a Middle-Eastern gold bracelet with a lion's head, said to be around 3,000 years old, a painting by Oman Hemdy Bey from the 1878 titled 'A Young Emir Studying' and a painting by Paul Gauguin; 'Children Wrestling', 1888.
Contemporary artworks include a Piet Mondrian that was previously part of the former Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge Collection, a painting by Alexander Calder and a series of nine canvases by artist Cy Twombly.
Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has said: "It is with much anticipation that we share these treasures internationally. This is a significant milestone for Louvre Abu Dhabi that translates an important moment of history where both countries, UAE and France have collaborated and shared a vision enabling this achievement to be realised."
The announcement comes after the news late last year that the Louvre Abu Dhabi reached a milestone as the first segments of the museum's iconic dome were lifted into position.
Birth of a Museum will be showcased in the Musee du Louvre, Paris at the Napoleon Hall from May 2 until July 28.