Did you ever hear about a Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi? If not, then you’ll be pleased to know that, from now on, you don’t need to travel to Paris to visit the wonderful and historical museum Le Louvre, because there’s a new Le Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi!
That’s right, the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi is a lavish outpost of the famous French museum in the United Arab Emirates. It’s the official result of a thirty-year cultural partnership agreement between the city of Abu Dhabi and France. The museum is located on the Saadiyat Island, a still work-in-progress development of the government of Abu-Dhabi that plans to transform this location into the Cultural District of the region.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by Jean Nouvel to become the centerpiece of that district, and we can see why. The majestic building that houses the museum it’s approximately 24,000 square meters in size, with 8,000 square meters of galleries, making it the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula, and one of the largest in the world. The building itself cost an astonishing 600 Million Dollars, but the total cost of the project rose to the 2 Billion Dollars mark thanks to marketing costs, management advice, and acquisition of the pieces that’ll be on display. Just for the rights to use the name Louvre, the Abu Dhabi government had to pay the French government the astonishing sum of 525 million Dollars!
The local government believes this investment will pay off in a very near future because Louvre Abu Dhabi has the potential to become a gigantic tourist magnet. First of all, the Louvre Abu Dhabi it’s located in one of the most opulent cities in the world, that’s been attracting tourists from all corners of the world. It’s also, as of now, the main headline of the Cultural District of the region and, most important of all, it’s the official outpost of the Louvre Museum, probably the most famous museum in the world.
Thanks to this notorious association, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will feature, on a regular basis, famous artwork that belongs to the private collection of Le Louvre in Paris. This series of exclusive showings will, most definitely, captivate the attention of every art fan of the region and will most likely attract thousands of people to the city to witness those displays that will try to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western art.The first permanent exhibition of the Louvre Abu Dabi includes 600 exceptional artifacts, most of them are property of Le Louvre and other French museums, like Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou. These pieces include key works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Jean Louis David, Piet Mondrian, Edouard Manet and Jackson Pollock, but also historical pieces of ancient cultures, like famous sculptures and pieces of art from ancient Persia, Egypt, China, Jordan and Greece.
Do you plan to visit the new Louvre Abu Dhabi? Or will you stick to the more traditional Louvre in Paris? Do you think it’s a valuable project?
Image Source: Louvre Abu Dhabi
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