Exhibits which will form part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s collection are now on display in the Louvre Paris.
French president Francoise Hollande and Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA), were at the opening ceremony which took place in the Hall of Napoleon, beneath the IM Pei-designed glass pyramid.
Jean Nouvel, designer of Louvre Abu Dhabi said he was really very impressed with the exhibition. “This museum will be a place of dialogue between civilizations and what we have here is testament to that.”
“The idea of this exhibition is not only to show the French public Louvre Abu Dhabi’s national collection,” said Celine Pouyat, TCA senior project manager. “But to also show the commitment of the government of Abu Dhabi to acquiring works of art for a permanent public collection”.
Organised by the Louvre Museum and TCA Abu Dhabi, the exhibition which is entitled Birth of a Museum will run until July 28 at The Louvre, in Paris – the last time the exhibits will be displayed to the public before the official opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi, on Saadiyat Island, in December next year.
It features more than 160 masterpieces acquired by Louvre Abu Dhabi since 2009. These include its first purchase, Piet Mondrian’s 1922 Composition with Blue, Red, Yellow and Black.
Other works that have never been seen before in Abu Dhabi, such as the The Pugilists Creugas and Damoxenos (1797-1803), a pair of plaster models by Venetian neo-classical sculptor Antonio Canova, will also be on display.