ABU DHABI: ARAB NEWS
Published — Tuesday 5 February 2013
Last update 5 February 2013 12:38 am
Louvre Abu Dhabi will open its next exhibition ‘Birth of a Museum’ on April 22 that will run until July 20 on Saadiyat Island showcasing important works of art from the Louvre Abu Dhabi permanent collection, some of which have never been seen or revealed before.
Almost 130 artworks will be shown in Manarat Al-Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District’s art and exhibition center, and will give visitors insight into the museum’s narrative and collection ahead of its opening in 2015.
Born of an agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France, Louvre Abu Dhabi will display art, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance. The museum and its growing permanent collection is owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi. Spanning millennia, the items on display will originate from societies and cultures all over the world, but universal themes and common influences will be highlighted to illustrate similarities arising from shared human experience transcending geography, nationality and history.
Like the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the exhibition proposes a singular and original rereading of the history of art and is built around several key artistic and aesthetic questions core to the identity of the new museum: Universalism, the comparison between artworks from great civilizations from the most ancient times to the contemporary and the multidisciplinary nature of artistic creation. It will also explore the status of the work of art, through universal themes in the exhibition.
Another milestone for the museum’s ongoing cultural program is the second Louvre Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series, (running monthly until the June 26, 2013), a rich program of public events which explore the significance of individual art works both in art historical terms and in the context of the museum’s growing collection, which began in October 2012.
This is supported by an expanding education program with school and University students throughout the United Arab Emirates.
Birth of a Museum is the thirteenth exhibition held prior to the opening of the Saadiyat Cultural District museums. Exhibitions are now at Manarat Al-Saadiyat, the art exhibition center on Saadiyat Island which has been open since 2009. The general curator of the exhibition is Laurence des Cars, Curatorial Director of Agence France-Muséums (AFM), who is supported by a TCA Abu Dhabi and AFM team of diversified skill sets. Museography is done by architect Jean-François Bodin.