The Abu Dhabi Louvre, a project for which the French government has issued a permit costing more than a billion dollars to the United Arab Emirates, and which has been on the map to creation for more than a decade, is said to open its doors on November 11th.
The French Culture Minister Francois Nisen said at a news conference that in a time when culture is on an attack, this is their common response.
This is the first time that an infrastructure has taken the Louvre name outside of Paris, and the intention is to attract tourists from neighboring Arab countries and the whole world , mentioned the UAE Minister of Culture, Sheikh Najhan bin Mubarak Al-Najhan.
Minister Najhan said also made a statement saying that he wants the Louvre in Abu Dhabi to be the crown of the city, just like the Louvre is the crown of the city of love; Paris.
The gallery is housed in a deserted, immense Saadiyat island near Abu Dhabi (very close to the Persian Gulf), and during the construction of this infrastructure, which lasted for about ten years , there were many problems - economic turmoil and criticism of the conditions in which the workers worked being some of the issues brought up.
The support ceiling, weighing 7’500 tons (identical to the Eiffel Tower) was designed by renowned French architect Jeanne Nouvel, and consists of eight layers of geometric shapes made in an Arabian style. It is conceived as a floating dome that reflects the playfulness of lights and shadows.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is 40 meters above sea level, and the dome is 36 meters above the ground.
Some of the highlights of the Abu Dhabi Louvre’s permanent collection of more than 500 exhibits includes Picasso’s “Portrait of a Lady”, Mondrian’s “Composition with Blue, Red, Yellow and Black”, Klein’s 1960 double body print “Anthropometry” and Gaugin’s “Children Wrestling”.
The museum’s first director, Manuel Rabate, described the artworks to be displayed at the museum as the identity of Abu Dhabi’s Louvre, as well as the legacy of Abu Dhabi.