louvre abu dhabi first of its kind
Last Updated : GMT 05:17:37
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
Last Updated : GMT 05:17:37
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice

With its desert-island setting

Louvre Abu Dhabi, first of its kind

Emiratesvoice, emirates voice

Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Louvre Abu Dhabi, first of its kind

It is the first museum on the island, also the site of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi - Emirates Voice

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to bear the Louvre name outside FRANCE, presents around 600 pieces in a modern, light-filled structure in harmony with its desert-island setting.

Flagged as "the first universal museum in the Arab world", it sits on the low-lying Saadiyat Island, a developing tourism and culture hub 500 metres (1,600 feet) off the coast of the United Arab Emirates' capital.

It is the first museum on the island, also the site of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, which is still under construction. Inaugurated on Wednesday, it opens to the public on Saturday.

- 'Geometry with lights' -

French architect Jean Nouvel was inspired by the island's position "between sand and sea, shade and light", the Louvre website says.

"I also wanted to play on this idea of openness, that of a desert open to the sea," the winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize told AFP in September.

The site comprises 55 white buildings reminiscent of traditional Arab medinas.

Two-thirds of the museum is covered by a dome, 180 metres in diameter, which provides welcome shade from the scorching Gulf sun.

Pierced with 7,850 star-like openings formed by the layering of the building's structure, like interwoven palm leaves, the dome is intended to resemble silver lace.

"For me, great Arab architecture (is) geometry with lights," Nouvel said.

As the museum put it, "sun filters through the dome like a delicate, protective rain of light... reflecting the constant interplay of light and shadow in the country."

The vast project claims to be "the first museum of its kind in the Arab world: a universal museum that focuses on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures".

- 30-year accord -

The museum's price tag was initially estimated at $654 million, to be put up by Abu Dhabi under a deal signed with France in 2007.

But costs have risen due to funding and construction delays.

Under the 30-year agreement, France provides expertise, loans works of art and organises temporary exhibitions -- in return for one billion euros ($1.16 billion).

The Louvre in France takes a 400-million-euro share of that sum for the use of its name up to 2037.

For the next 10 years, the Paris museum will lend works to its Abu Dhabi partner on a voluntary basis, for a maximum of two years.

For its permanent collection, the museum has acquired hundreds of pieces, dating from the earliest Mesopotamian civilisations to the present day.

Thirteen top French museums, including the Musee d'Orsay and the Palace of Versailles, will also loan the Louvre Abu Dhabi 300 works of art over the first year.

These include Leonardo da Vinci's "La Belle Ferronniere", "Napoleon Crossing the Alps" by Jacques-Louis David, and a self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh.

Source:AFP

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

louvre abu dhabi first of its kind louvre abu dhabi first of its kind

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

louvre abu dhabi first of its kind louvre abu dhabi first of its kind

 



GMT 05:04 2024 Tuesday ,06 February

Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017

GMT 10:08 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

Microsoft to open 4 data centres

GMT 19:57 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Farm-fresh from Kerala to the UAE, in just one day

GMT 06:15 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Volkswagen clinches record sales

GMT 10:18 2018 Thursday ,30 August

Iran incapable of closing Hormuz, Bab Al Mandeb

GMT 10:48 2017 Tuesday ,14 March

The Who to play Vegas residency as final tour ends

GMT 11:19 2012 Wednesday ,08 February

No Christian, Jew prejudice

GMT 14:14 2017 Saturday ,14 January

Microsoft buys Canadian AI startup Maluuba

GMT 18:57 2016 Monday ,16 May

Al Azhar imam arrives in Nigeria

GMT 05:43 2012 Thursday ,12 April

Oz Seven Network buys The Woodlies

GMT 16:25 2017 Friday ,11 August

HRH Crown Prince thanked by HM Sultan Qaboos

GMT 13:30 2017 Saturday ,17 June

Lawyers refute Qatar blockade claims

GMT 19:15 2012 Saturday ,14 January

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

GMT 14:57 2015 Saturday ,18 April

I know who I am

GMT 18:42 2012 Monday ,27 February

Riyad El-Sonbaty is exceptional

GMT 13:49 2012 Sunday ,29 July

Political agenda protects criminals

GMT 14:28 2017 Monday ,02 January

Bollywood mourns producer killed in Istanbul attack

GMT 14:49 2016 Friday ,04 March

Rupert Murdoch marries Jerry Hall in London

GMT 16:07 2016 Sunday ,07 August

Dubai Investments posts AED516m net profit in H1

GMT 06:49 2018 Tuesday ,16 January

UK construction firm Carillion collapses

GMT 08:25 2018 Sunday ,14 January

Outspoken pro-Russian, anti-migrant Czech president

GMT 11:35 2018 Monday ,08 January

Previse unveils Ozone Defense Nutrify Serum
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
 
 Emirates Voice Facebook,emirates voice facebook  Emirates Voice Twitter,emirates voice twitter Emirates Voice Rss,emirates voice rss  Emirates Voice Youtube,emirates voice youtube  Emirates Voice Youtube,emirates voice youtube

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

emiratesvoieen emiratesvoiceen emiratesvoiceen emiratesvoiceen
emiratesvoice emiratesvoice emiratesvoice
emiratesvoice
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
emiratesvoice, Emiratesvoice, Emiratesvoice