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Louvre Abu Dhabi

The illustrious collection of the Louvre Abu Dhabi has a most comprehensive scope of art that ranges from prehistoric to contemporary. The museum has artifacts from Egypt and Mesopotamia along with paintings from Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, and Claude Monet. Installations from Ai Weiwei are also darted throughout the galleries.

The Egyptian god Horus A sculpture of Osiris from the book Birth of a Museum

When sunlight filters through the roof of the Louvre Abu Dhabi it creates a moving “rain of light” beneath the dome, reminiscent of the overlapping dessert palm trees.

Horses of the Sun by French sculptor Gilles Guerin

Construction took eight years and the museum spans over 260,000 square feet. The network of galleries are designed chronologically and are light filled. Half of the artworks that are part of the permanent collection are on loan from the Agence France-Musèums, which includes the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Versailles and Musée de l’Orangerie, and the museum will display four temporary exhibits each year.

Enjoy,
K

Architecture of Abu Dhabi

The holidays are upon us and what better way to cultivate festive ideas for the season than by traveling east to Abu Dhabi and Dubai to discover the treasures of the land. Our team of reporters left earlier this week to immerse themselves in the art, culture, and food of the Emirates.

Starting with the new Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. The museum officially opened on November 8th, as part of an agreement between Abu Dhabi and the French government to collect art from around the world bridging the gap between east and west.

Here is a wonderful article from the Art & Design section of the NY Times by Holland Cotter entitled Louvre Abu Dhabi, an Arabic-Galactic Wonder, Revises Art History…. enjoy!

Photograph of the Grand Mosque taken from the Souk Qaryat Al Beri.

Remember to travel stylishly,
K

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