Louvre Abu Dhabi ready to open on November 11, 2017
By RICCARDO BIANCHINI - September 9, 2017
The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the new mega-museum designed by Jean Nouvel in the Emirates, will open on November 11, 2017, the museum announced.
After the inauguration date, initially scheduled for 2012, has been delayed repeatedly, the museum’s 680,000 square-foot building is now completed and the museum is currently setting up the collections and the permanent exhibition, as well as the special opening event program.
Photographs and a video which show the newly completed home of the Louvre Abu Dhabi have been recently released.
The museum’s collection, mostly comprising works on loan from the Louvre in Paris and other French museums, includes notable pieces by artists such as Osman Hamdi Bey, Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Klee, among others; along with works acquired by the museum itself, including Piet Mondrian’s Composition with Blue, Red, Yellow and Black (1922).
The visit will begins in the imposing “Great Vestibule”, from here twelve thematic and chronological galleries runs throughout the building complex. Spanning a time period of over 5,000 years, pieces on view depict the historical and cultural cross-influences between different geographical regions of the world.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent exhibition features a number of masterpieces, including The Gypsy by Edouard Manet, Children Wrestling by Paul Gauguin, Portrait of a Lady by Pablo Picasso, and a large sculptural installation by Ai Weiwei, to name a few.
The museum also commissioned site-specific works to American artist Jenny Holzer and Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone, installed in the outdoor spaces of Jean Nouvel’s building.
The building complex also includes a covered promenade overlooking the Persian Gulf sea, located under the imposing 180-meter-wide perforated dome of the museum, spaces for temporary exhibitions, a Children’s Museum, a restaurant, a boutique, and a cafe.
Cover image: The Louvre Abu Dhabi in September 2017; photo by Christopher Pike / The National
The Louvre Abu Dhabi building just completed in September 2017; photos by Ludovic Pouille (up) and Mohamed-Somji (down)
Screenshots from the official video preview of the museum; courtesy of Louvre Abu Dhabi
Osman Hamdi Bey, A Young Emir Studying, 1878, Oil on canvas, © Louvre AbDhabi, Photography Agence photo F
Edouard Manet, The Gypsy (detail), c. 1867, oil on canvas; image courtesy of Louvre Abu Dhabi
Paul Gauguin, Breton Boys Wrestling, 1888, oil on canvas; image courtesy of Louvre Abu Dhabi
Pablo Picasso, Portrait of a Lady (detail), 1928, oil on canvas; image courtesy of Louvre Abu Dhabi