LOUVRE ABU DHABI GRAND OPENING

Middle East’s new jewel is ready to make its first appearance on November 11th.  The new Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, will open to the public determined to impress and offer illusional experiences to its visitors. This collaboration between Musée du Louvre and sixteen other French museums and institutional partners, creates a new center of cultural gravity, and offers the Arab world a global museum supported by French expertise.

Text: Marilena Kalli

Photo_Courtesy_Mohamed_Somji

Photo_Courtesy_Mohamed_Somji

Photo_Courtesy_Mohamed_Somji

Photo_Courtesy_Mohamed_Somji

The museum is consisted of twelve permanent galleries with exhibits varying from prehistoric art facts to contemporary artworks. Their themes and ideas reveal common connections throughout humanity. The organized program also contains four temporary exhibitions per year, which will follow the same approach as the permanent collections in the Museum Galleries. As part of the unique collaboration between Abu Dhabi and France, they will be organized and created by thirteen French museum partners, exclusively for visitors to Louvre Abu Dhabi.  A children’s museum for ages 6-12 years old is also included, offering exhibitions and interactive workshops, as well as an auditorium, a store and a café.

Located by the water, it can be reached either by land, or by the sea. The tranquil museum environment influences visitors to enjoy the relationship between sun, sea, art and architecture. It is consisted of 55 detached buildings – 23 of them devoted to galleries – inspired by the low-lying homes of the local region.

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Undoubtedly, its most impressive part is the 180-metre geometric dome. Comprised of nearly 8.000 Arabic motif stars, the steel pattern filters sunlight into a dramatic ‘rain of light’ on the museum’s walls and floors, creating a mesmerizing spatial experience. The dome is made up of eight different layers, four outer layers clad in stainless steel and four inner ones clad in aluminum, while its total weight is 7.500 tons as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The dome’s construction is ought to protect the outdoor plaza and the buildings below from the heat of the sun, creating a comfortable microclimate.

Louvre Abu Dhabi presentation film:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=81mVlbRqalE