Countdown To Louvre Abu Dhabi

BY Katrina Kufer / May 18 2017 / 13:14 PM

In answer to reports of a November opening date, the long-awaited Louvre Abu Dhabi will "welcome visitors this year", with an exact opening date to be announced soon

Countdown To Louvre Abu Dhabi
© TDIC, Architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Louvre Abu Dhabi, rendering © TDIC, Architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Following several delays over the last decade, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is due to open in Saadiyat Cultural District by the end of this year. Last week, The Art Newspaper reported that sources close to the project had said the museum would open this November, "if everything goes according to plan", although this is only a "working date."

While not confirming the November date, in a statement to Bazaar Art, the Louvre Abu Dhabi said "the construction of the museum is in its final stages. The building will then enter an important preparation phase, essential for a museum of this magnitude that includes testing, art installation, and development of the visitor experience ahead of the official opening. Louvre Abu Dhabi will welcome visitors this year and its opening date will be announced soon."

Designed by Jean Nouvel, the eagerly anticipated museum is in the midst of completing final touches and, according to museum sources, is confirming the building’s security systems and procedures. Following a site inspection by Agence France-Museums in the summer, the institution will have the green light to exhibit the 300 works on loan from the Louvre in Paris for its inaugural show.

Prior to its formal opening, the museum is already providing the public hints of what is to come, including the announcement of recent acquisitions including Wifredo Lam’s The Carabean Parade (1945), a surrealist figurative work, and an ancient Egyptian wooden funeral set from the princess Henuttawy (late 10th century BC). “These works, which originate from different civilisations, will help bring to life the long story of humankind, from pre-history up to the contemporary,” said HE Mohamed Al Mubarak, the chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority to The Art Newspaper. “Through these works and acquisitions, Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to become a living museum, a flagship centre that will welcome the world and inspire cross-cultural dialogue and exchange.”

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