Celebration of the Louvre Abu Dhabi opening
On November 11 2017, Ambassador Christophe Farnaud celebrated with His Excellency Mahash Saeed Salem Mahash Alhameli, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to South Africa the cultural dialogue of our two countries that led to the Louvre Abu Dhabi project.
The opening marked the completion of France’s most important museum cooperation project. The result of an intergovernmental agreement signed in March 2007, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by architect Jean Nouvel, is the leading universal museum of the Arab world. Ten years after the signing of that agreement, we applaud the extraordinary job of the France Muséums agency, the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, and the Embassy of France in the United Arab Emirates. It is thanks to their determination that this project, the fruit of a strategic dialogue between French and Emirati political officials, has become a reality.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi will display a rich permanent collection consisting of its own acquisitions – some 600 works ranging from Antiquity to the present – along with 300 works on loan from French museums. Featuring major works from all periods and geographical areas, the museum offers a cultural dialogue emphasizing their commonalities. The France Muséums agency, an umbrella organization comprising the Louvre and another 12 French museums, oversaw the project’s conception and will be responsible for organizing four temporary exhibits a year for 15 years. The first of these, “From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for All,” will be devoted to the history of the Paris museum. About 1,000 works from French national collections will be presented during the first year.
The inauguration on November 11 has concluded an exceptional French-Emirati cultural season that, since March 2016, has showcased bilateral cultural and artistic cooperation in connection with the Louvre Abu Dhabi project.
For more information, visit the website of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Photo credit: Embassy of the UAE