Louvre Abu Dhabi -Universal Museum
Location: Saadiyat Island
Address: Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a planned museum, to be located in Abu Dhabi, UAE.Artwork from around the world will be showcased at the museum, with particular focus placed upon bridging the gap between Eastern and Western art. The museum will be designed as a “seemingly floating dome structure”; its web-patterned dome allowing the sun to filter through. The overall effect is meant to represent “rays of sunlight passing through date palm fronds in an oasis
The Louvre Abu Dhabi first started sharing its collection with the public through an exhibition entitled “Talking Art: Louvre Abu Dhabi,”
The cultural collaboration between French museums (the Louvre, Versailles, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Musée Guimet, the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Réunion des musées nationaux and the Musée du Quai Branly) and the United Arab Emirates will create a new centre of gravity. French museums will provide their savoir-faire in developing the national collection, loaning works for the permanent galleries and exhibitions during the first ten years. The universal approach suits Abu Dhabi well, reflecting the city’s position at the crossroads of east and west, and its vital ancient role in the days of the Silk Route, when the region linked Europe and the Indian Ocean, opening up exchanges between Asia and Africa. The museum will reflect the region’s role as a crossroads for civilisations.