I LOUVRE ABU DHABI
Next year, you’ll be able to visit the Louvre on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, to be exact.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi has “rented” the name “The Louvre” from the Paris original, along with 300 artworks from the Louvre and other French art museums. The objects will be organized chronologically, highlighting connections between objects from disparate geographical regions.
The Guardian has the latest in an article today:
“The Louvre Abu Dhabi, its parent institution says, “is intended to be a place of discovery, exchange and education … It will also play an important social role in the United Arab Emirates. In this respect, it can be seen as a product of the 18th-century Enlightenment in Europe.” With a whiff of the mission civilisatrice, the Louvre in Paris suggest that its Gulf spinoff will finally bring the Arab world into the relative modernity of the late 1700s.”