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Louvre exhibit to open on April 22
By a staff reporter February 05, 2013
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ABU DHABI: Louvre Abu Dhabi will open its next exhibition on April 22 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 art works will be shown at the exhibition titled ‘Birth of a Museum’ at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District’s art and exhibition centre and will give visitors an 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, comparison between art works from great civilisations 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 such as questions of the ‘figure’ and the ‘sacred.’

Another milestone for the museum’s ongoing cultural programme is the second Louvre Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series, a rich programme of public events which explores 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 programme with school and university students throughout the UAE.

‘Birth of a Museum’ is the 13th exhibition held prior to the opening of the Saadiyat Cultural District museums.

Exhibitions are held now at Manarat Al Saadiyat, the art exhibition centre on Saadiyat Island, which is open since 2009. The general curator of the exhibition is Laurence des Cars, curatorial director of Agence France-Muséums (AFM), who is supported by TCA Abu Dhabi and AFM team of diversified skill sets.

Museography is done by architect Jean-François Bodin. The exhibition will run till July 20.

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