The first special exhibitions open at the Louvre Abu Dhabi
Here's why you need to see them
Both in structure and in substance, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is a jewel in the UAE's cultural offerings and today, it will open two special exhibitions that will run into the new year.
The first is titled From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone and explores the 18th century history of the Musée du Louvre in France. The exhibition has 150 paintings, sculptures and other works of art on display, each of which tells a part of the museum's story. The pieces were sourced from the Louvre, as well as Château de Versailles.
According to the museum the exhibition, which is split into three sections, "tells the story of the creation of the Musée du Louvre two centuries ago, when Europe's first museums were founded to share access to magnificent royal collections with the public." The three sections explore the collections at Versailles under the rule of Louis XIV, the establishment of the Louvre palace as a hub for artistic activity and finally, the creation of the now-iconic museum which opened in 1793 during the French Revolution.
The second exhibition looks closer to home, presenting the contemporary works of four UAE-based artists. Titled Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir-faire, it is part of the Emirati-French Cultural Programme: Dialogue with Louvre Abu Dhabi which saw Khalid Shafar, Talin Hazbar, Vikram Divecha and Zeinab Alhashemi "work with traditional French manufacturers to design artworks inspired by the theme of 'Time'" according to the museum. The manufacturers included the Manufacture Nationale de Sévres, Beauvais, luxury glassware company Saint-Just and MTX Broderie Architecturale.
The programme is designed to strengthen the cultural cooperation between the two countries whilst simultaneously highlighting the excellence of both Emirati and French traditions.
Both exhibitions are now open to the public at Louvre Abu Dhabi. From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone will run from December 21, 2017 to April 7, 2018. Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir-faire will run from December 21, 2017 to March 25, 2018. Find out more here.
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