Monday, 4 February 2013

Louvre Abu Dhabi Exhibition, Birth of a Museum, to Open on Saadiyat Island in April

Oh wow! We've heard about Louvre coming to the UAE of course but it will not be finished until 2017 (together with Gugenheim also in 2017 and Zayed National Museum in 2016 ). 

But this April, they are coming up with an exhibit featuring works that will be in the permanent collection - "some of which have never been seen or revealed before". This is quite exciting. I try to drive up to the Capital to see Art events but it's been a long time since I last did that. The last was when the Picasso exhibit was at the Emirates Palace - boy, that was years ago!

Here's the official press release:

Louvre Abu Dhabi Exhibition, Birth of a Museum, to Open on Saadiyat Island in April

Growing numbers of local and visiting audiences are following the development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. 
Talking Art: Louvre Abu Dhabi exhibition in 2009.
The second exhibition showcasing a selection of the museum’s collection acquired to date

Louvre Abu Dhabi will open its next exhibition on 22 April (running until 20 July) on Saadiyat Island showcasing important works of art from the Louvre Abu Dhabi permanent collection, some of which have never been seen or revealed before.

Almost 130 art works will be shown in Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District’s art and exhibition centre, and will give visitors insight into the museum’s narrative and collection ahead of its opening in 2015.

Born of an agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France, Louvre Abu Dhabi will display art, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance. The museum and its growing permanent collection is owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi. Spanning millennia, the items on display will originate from societies and cultures all over the world, but universal themes and common influences will be highlighted to illustrate similarities arising from shared human experience transcending geography, nationality and history.

Like the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the exhibition proposes a singular and original rereading of the history of art and is built around several key artistic and aesthetic questions core to the identity of the new museum: universalism, the comparison between art works from great civilisations from the most ancient times to the contemporary and the multidisciplinary nature of artistic creation. It will also explore the status of the work of art, through universal themes in the exhibition such as questions of the Figure and the Sacred.

Another milestone for the museum’s ongoing cultural programme is the second Louvre Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series, (running monthly until the 26 June 2013), a rich programme of public events which explore the significance of individual art works both in art historical terms and in the context of the museum’s growing collection, which began in October 2012. This is supported by an expanding education programme with school and University students throughout the United Arab Emirates.

Birth of a Museum is the thirteenth exhibition held prior to the opening of the Saadiyat Cultural District museums. Exhibitions are now at Manarat Al Saadiyat, the art exhibition centre on Saadiyat Island which has been open since 2009.The general curator of the exhibition is Laurence des Cars, Curatorial Director of Agence France-Muséums (AFM), who is supported by a TCA Abu Dhabi and AFM team of diversified skill sets. Museography is done by architect Jean-François Bodin.


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