Abu Dhabi will have its own Louvre come November

Angelo Anderson
September 6, 2017

The Louvre project that began ten years ago in Abu Dhabi will finally open on November 11, Cultural Minister of France Françoise Nyssen said on Wednesday.

The museum aims to attract people from neighbouring Arab countries and around the world, according to the UAE culture minister.

The museum was originally scheduled to open in 2012 but it has repeatedly been pushed back.

Housed in a dramatic building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the so-called "Louvre in the Sands" claims to be the region's first "universal museum" showcasing art and culture from around the world. It will pay an additional $747 million in fees for borrowed artworks, special exhibitions, and curatorial advice.

"We've been working on this for 7 years, and as you can imagine, it's been an extremely stressful job".

Abu Dhabi will have its own Louvre come November
Abu Dhabi will have its own Louvre come November

Reportedly inspired by the oasis city of Al Ain and traditional Arabic architecture, Nouvel's museum is notable for its elegant, understated, low-rise aesthetic.

The construction site of the Louvre Abu Dhabi designed by Jean Novel is seen on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi November 27, 2014.

The Guggenheim was scheduled to open in 2017 and the Zayed National Museum in 2016 but both have been delayed with few updates in recent months. Once open, the museum's 600-piece permanent collection, as well as important loaned artworks from prestigious French institutions, will form an art historical narrative taking the visitor from ancient times to the contemporary.

There will also be four temporary exhibitions throughout the year, with the first one fittingly based on the beginnings of the Louvre in Paris from the 17th century to 1793.

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