Louvre Abu Dhabi

by Kathleen

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.