- Title: Louvre Abu Dhabi opens in November with no limits on art
- Date: 6th September 2017
- Summary: ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (SEPTEMBER 6, 2017) (REUTERS) ****WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM SCREEN READING (English and Arabic): "LOUVRE ABU DHABI" (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRMAN OF ABU DHABI TOURISM AND CULTURE AUTHORITY, SHEIKH MOHAMED KHALIFA AL MUBARAK, SAYING: "Today, we have announced the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. On the 11th of November, the doors of the Louvre Abu Dhabi will open to the world. And, in its opening, the world will see itself in this museum. This museum, just like the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, is a gift; is a gift to the world." CAMERAMEN (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH CULTURE MINISTER, FRANCOISE NYSSEN, SAYING: "At a time when some forces are attacking history by destroying works, taking our heritage hostage, this is an essential act, it is civilisation responding to barbarity. France is proud to join with the UAE in this region to bring this [Louvre] here. Our country is proud to associate itself with the ambition of mission and transmission." FRENCH AND EMIRATI OFFICIALS POSING FOR GROUP PHOTO
- Embargoed: 20th September 2017 14:17
- Keywords: Louvre Abu Dhabi UAE art
- Location: ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
- City: ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
- Country: United Arab Emirates
- Topics: Art,Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA0026XGHMJ9
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- Story Text: More than 600 artworks from around the world will go on display at the Louvre's gallery in Abu Dhabi on November 11, a project that hopes to draw millions of visitors a year to the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The waterfront gallery will display pieces from pre-history to the contemporary era.
Besides Middle Eastern artefacts and paintings, it will include works by artists such as Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, and Cy Twombly.
French officials said on Wednesday (September 6) no restrictions had been placed on art in the collection, which will include nude figures, Islamic and Christian art and representations of deities from Asia.
"We had a carte blanche for the acquisitions in all domains," said Jean-Francois Charnier, scientific director of Agence France-Museums. "You have nude statues in the museum, contemporary paintings. You also have religious images from all religions."
The works will be displayed to show major stages in human development and will emphasize the links between different cultures, he said.
"We will show, with a Chinese work and an Islamic one, the links, the consistencies, the similarities ... the objective is to show that in history there are more links and bridges than walls."
Major pieces include an Egyptian funeral set from the 10th century BC, a 15th century depiction of Madonna and child by Giovanni Bellini and a 1878 Turkish painting titled "A Young Emir Studying" by Osama Hamdy Bey.
They will be housed in a series of white buildings topped by a cross-hatched steel dome designed by French architect Jean Nouvel to let in shafts of light.
UAE officials did not disclose the cost of the project, first announced 10 years ago and originally scheduled to open in 2012.
The state-owned Tourism Development and Investment Company, the developer of the project, was scheduled to hand over the museum to Abu Dhabi's Tourism and Culture Authority in mid-2016. The handover was delayed by pending construction work.
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