Summer celebration of Islamic art and design by Louvre Abu Dhabi

1 - Kufic Qur'an leaf © Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photographer Jonathan Gibbons

As part of its pre-opening programme the Louvre Abu Dhabi is to showcase its latest additions in two exhibitions this summer

Taking place at Manarat Al Saadiyat from June 21 to August 30 the new acquisitions will be divided into two displays Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories: Al Qalam (21 June – 25 July 2015) and Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories: Immortal Figures (28 July – 30 August).

Both presentations will include the Fayoum portrait, a fine example of an Egyptian funerary painting that would traditionally have been placed on the face of a mummified body.


The first display will explore the art of the written word, featuring a broad selection of textual artworks including a Qur’an bifolio, miniatures, and a manuscript.

The second display is a celebration of sculptures from across the globe.  It will include a wooden carving Uli statue from New Ireland, a Nepalese gilt copper figure of Maitreya, and an Italian bust of Saint Peter.

Dr. Celine Pouyat, senior project manager, Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: “The objects on display exemplify how artworks created by different civilisations can complement one another in their composition, style and representation. Together, these artistic creations can be considered as a harmonised symphony.”

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection comprises more than 500 artworks which will be complemented by  300 loans from major French institutions in its opening year.

Opening timings of Manarat Al Saadiyat during Ramadan will be from 09:00 to 14:00 and 20:30 to 23:30 and from 9:00 to 20:00 after Ramadan.

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