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Louvre Abu Dhabi's first special exhibition opens 21st December

Society 20.12.2017 | 09:13
Photo: WAM
Photo: WAM

ABU DHABI, 20 December (BelTA - WAM) - Louvre Abu Dhabi's first special exhibition, 'From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone', will open to the public on 21st December 2017 and run until 7th April 2018. The exhibition traces the history of France's Musee du Louvre in the 18th century through 150 paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and other works of art from the world-renowned collections of the Musee du Louvre and the Chateau de Versailles.

From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone tells the story of the creation of the Musee du Louvre two centuries ago, when Europe's first museums were founded to share access to magnificent royal collections with the public. Divided into three sections, the exhibition explores the royal collections at Versailles under Louis XIV, the Louvre as a palace for artists, and the creation of the museum.

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Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said, "The opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi is a momentous achievement of which the UAE is very proud. Louvre Abu Dhabi's programme of first exhibitions will tell stories from around the world, reflecting and building upon the diverse themes of the permanent galleries. It is fitting that the inaugural exhibition explores the creation of the Musee du Louvre, an institution which shares Louvre Abu Dhabi's universal values."

The first museum of its kind in the Arab world, Louvre Abu Dhabi opened on 11th November. It offers a new perspective on the history of art in a globalised world. Alongside its collection of artworks and artefacts in its galleries spanning the entirety of human history, the museum will present four special exhibitions a year organised by the French museum partners and Agence France-Museums as per the intergovernmental agreement for 15 years between the Government of Abu Dhabi and France.

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