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Louvre enjoys sold-out opening
November 12, 2017
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ABU DHABI: Thousands of curious onlookers walked through the galleries of the Louvre Abu Dhabi as it opened to the public for the first time Saturday.

Online tickets sold out and hundreds more stood in line on Saturday morning for the chance to see the works of the likes of Pablo Picasso and Rodin.

The modernist museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, sits under a honeycombed dome of eight layers of Arab-style geometric shapes. It draws the lapping waters of the Arabian Gulf into its outer corridors. At night, light inside pours out of its saltshaker-like dome.

It is the first museum of its kind in the Arab region and offers a new perspective on the history of art in a globalised world.

Presented across 6,400 square metres of galleries, the museum’s growing collection includes more than 600 important artworks and artefacts.

Manuel Rabate, the director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, called the museum’s collection “unparalleled anywhere in the region.”

“After an exciting period of preparation, the opening is a truly special moment,” Rabate said in a statement.

“Today, this building becomes a museum.” “This museum actually goes beyond expectations because the museum is an icon in itself and ... under its beautiful roof it has so many nice pieces of art which brings the whole world together,” said Michaela Stolz-Schmitz, who lives in Dubai.

Another visitor, Christine Bayhon, was similarly impressed.

Associated Press

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