'The world's first universal museum'  the Louvre Abu Dhabi to open

Maria Sergeeva
October 30, 2017

More than a decade after a governmental agreement was signed between France and the emirate, an unprecedented type of cultural collaboration, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will celebrate its opening from November 11-14.  Its inauguration will be marked by a series of events including multicultural music, arts and dance performances as well as educational workshops.

The universal museum will share human stories, across cultures and civilizations. Artwork from around the world will be will be represented in collections of the museum, with particular focus on bridging the gap between Eastern and Western art.

There will be a permanent state collection that was gradually raised and currently counts about 620 works, from the Louvre, potentially also storing all 17 of France’s national collections.

Manuel Rabate, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said, “Creativity, cross-cultural understanding and humanity’s innate fascination with discovering new ideas and traditions from around the world are at the heart of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s ethos and collections.”

Architect Jean Nouvel, the architect for the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, designed Louvre Abu Dhabi as a museum city under a 180-metre dome, which filters sunlight and shade onto the buildings and waterfront promenades below in a cinematic ‘Rain of Light’ effect.

The opening of the museum on November 11 is expected to be attended by thousands of people. The museum’s official opening ceremony, which is scheduled for November 8, will even be honored by the visit of the French  President Emmanuel Macron, his visit revealed by Noura Al Kaabi, the new Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development.

“The spectacular opening week program is a celebration of diversity, bringing together talented musicians, artists and performers from countries spanning the globe, and will offer a colorful and unforgettable experience to launch this project”, Manuel Rabate added.