Louvre Abu Dhabi
Described as Arabic-galactic and Borne of a partnership with France, this arts and culture destination showcases classic masterpieces and contemporary Arabic art alongside highlights of the Middle East’s rich heritage.
The iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first universal museum in the Arab World, translating and fostering the spirit of openness between cultures. A symphony in concrete, water and the subtle play of reflected light, the incredible structure was inspired by the region’s rich architectural traditions and the museum’s unique location, where the Arabian sky meets the sands of Saadiyat Island and the waters of the Arabian Gulf. Considered one of the modern urban wonders of the world, Louvre Abu Dhabi represents a historical narrative of art that spans the entire history of civilization. This art-lovers’ dream displays works of historical, cultural and sociological significance, from ancient times to the contemporary era.
The museum’s 23 permanent galleries depict a wide range of cultures, traditions and epochs in a unique side-by-side presentation. This enables visitors to discover shared influences and intriguing connections between different cultures.
The museum collection includes a number of significant works, including one of the finest examples of a standing Bactrian Princess from approximately 2000 BCE, a 3,000-year-old Middle-Eastern gold bracelet with lion’s head and an 1878 painting by Osman Hamdi Bey titled ‘A Young Emir Studying’.
Other important works include Paul Gauguin’s masterpiece ‘Children Wrestling’, the René Magritte painting ‘The Subjugated Reader’, a 1928 collage by Picasso titled ‘Portrait of a Lady’, nine canvases by contemporary artist Cy Twombly and the most ancient known photographic representation of a veiled woman.
The museum also features special exhibition spaces, a Children’s Museum, an auditorium, restaurants, retail shops and a Research Centre of the United Arab Emirates’ ambition and achievement.
Instead of ‘Do not touch’ the Children’s Museum encourages is fully interactive, with lots of fun features to explore with little hands and feet. The dedicated Children’s Museum inside the Louvre Abu Dhabi is a two-floor space that hosts exciting workshops to inspire young imaginations, and there are also family friendly art exhibitions to enjoy.