The Louvre Comes to the Persian Gulf


After innumerable delays, the Musée du Louvre Abu Dhabi will finally open on November 11. The intergovernmental project is intended to be a universal museum, with artifacts reflecting the entire scope of human civilization. Hence, it will be a statement emphasizing the need for mutual understanding, as well as the interconnectedness of the contemporary world.

The structure itself was designed by famed French architect Jean Nouvel and features a series of promenades beneath a 590-foot dome. The objects come from multiple French museums and include “La Belle Ferronière” by Leonardo da Vinci, a self-portrait by Van Gogh, a globe by the 17th-century Venetian cartographer Vincenzo Coronelli and a pair of gui vessels (ancient Chinese ritual bowls) from the Musée Guimet.

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s "rain of light" © Louvre Abu Dhabi
Louvre Abu Dhabi’s "rain of light" © Louvre Abu Dhabi - Mohammed Somji
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