Opening date of the Louvre Abu Dhabi announced
After years of waiting (it’s been 10 years, eight months and 250 days), the Louvre Abu Dhabi will officially be open to the public on Saturday, November 11.
The highly-anticipated announced was made this morning by the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s director, Manuel Rabaté and the chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak.
Speaking to local newspaper The National, the duo revealed that once the already world-renowned landmark opens its doors this November, it will be home to roughly 700 exhibits. Half of which will be loaned from leading French institutions such as the Louvre Museum, the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Loans will include Vincent van Gogh’s self-portrait, Monet’s La Gare Saint-Lazare and Leonardo da Vinci’s, La Belle Ferronniére – the piece will be the first painting by da Vinci to be exhibited in the Middle East.
“Visiting the Louvre Abu Dhabi will be a complete experience. You will discover and enjoy this incredible building and you will encounter masterpieces from all historical period and from all over the world,” explains Rabaté.
While we eagerly wait to see masterpieces, here’s a bit more info on the stunning building that is the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
- The building was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel. Its unique design has already earned international recognition and critical acclaim, The Times of London named it as one of the 10 buildings to get excited about this year.
- The building’s design was inspired by the UAE’s architecture and traditions.
- The total weight of the museum’s dome is 7,500 tones, the same as the Eiffel Tower.
- The museum consists of 55 detached buildings, 23 of which will be used to house galleries.