From Paris, with Louvre: The wait is almost finally over, for one of the most hotly anticipated gallery openings of this century
Words: Camille Hogg
Originally conceived 10 years ago in an agreement between France and Abu Dhabi, the museum will finally open its doors on Saturday, 11th November this year.
Four days of celebrations will mark the long-awaited opening and tickets have already sold out for the first day. Light shows, music from around the world, workshops and dance and theatre will run alongside three different free guided tours of the museum’s galleries – including one just for kids.
Headline acts include Grammy award-winning French singer and rock guitarist Matthieu Chedid, known as –M–, Malian performer Fatoumata Diawara, Lebanese jazz and world musician Ibrahim Maalouf and Colombian singer and dancer Totó La Momposina.
We can’t wait to see inside!
Adorned with a 180-metre patterned dome designed by architect Jean Nouvel, the museum will feature 23 galleries, an auditorium, a temporary exhibition space and a children’s museum for younger culture vultures.
Constructed around 55 distinct buildings, the self-styled ‘museum city’ will show exhibitions featuring art from the prehistoric era right up to more contemporary styles, with a focus on human history, experience and transcending geographical borders.
On the programme for its first year will be about 300 works from key French institutions, including greats such as Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronnière, Claude Monet’s Saint-Lazare station and Henri Matisse’s Still Life with Magnolia.
Italian artist Giuseppe Penone will be presenting a four-part installation entitled Germination, while American artist Jenny Holzer has been commissioned to create three engraved stone tablets, which will feature excerpts from key historic cultural texts including Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah.
Sounds expensive? Nope – general admission for adults will be AED 60 and AED 30 for 13 to 22 year olds and education professionals. Children, people of determination and journalists go free! Opens from 10am daily.
Headline shows at 9pm each evening are only for those with advance tickets, available for AED 200 at www.louvreabudhabi.ae, where you’ll also find a full schedule.