If you’re following me on Instagram than you probably know that I was in Dubai 2 weeks ago. And I was so happy I could go to Abu Dhabi for a day & visit the newly opened Louvre museum!
The museum architecture itself is a masterpiece, consisting of 55 white buildings topped by a giant dome & surrounded by water. Inspired by the Emirates palm trees, the dome slips light inside in a random and dreamy way “Rain of Light”.
The art pieces are displayed in chronological order, so the visitor move forward in time from one room to another. Intended to reveal a communication between different cultures throughout the ages, you get to see Chinese Warring States period next to the Greek and several religious symbols side by side.
“See humanity in a new light”
The design: Award-winning French architect Jean Nouvel. He sees the museum as “a metaphor for an Arab town and its anchoring. This museum belongs to the sea. It belongs to the desert.”
The dome: weighs 7,500 tonnes (200 tonnes more than the iron structure of the Eiffel Tower) 180m wide.
The inside: 55 buildings, 23 galleries and12 ‘sequences’, a children’s Museum, a 200-seater-auditorium, a restaurant, a café and a retail space.
- Leonardo da Vinci, La Belle Ferronnière, 1490.
- Vincent Van Gogh, Self-portrait, 1887
- Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps, 1803
- Paul Cézanne, The Red Rock 1895
- Edouard Manet, The Gipsy
- Claude Monet, La gare Saint-Lazare, 1877
- Funeral set of princess Henuttawy, Egypt, 2nd half of 10th century BCE, beginning of the 22th dynasty
- Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi,” the world’s most expensive painting ($450.3 million) is headed to the Louvre Abu Dhabi and it is estimated to become the museum’s major attraction.