The Louvre Abu Dhabi brings priceless art to the Middle East

The Louvre in Paris is a world-renowned institution – but not everyone has access to it. Although the internet has given people access to thousands of works of art, Abu Dhabi has set up a collaboration with the Louvre, aptly entitled the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The exhibition will open in November.

06louvre-brief-master768Some works of art will be in Abu Dhabi for a short amount of time, while some will be on display for longer. The Louvre, along with other French institutions like the Centre Pompidou, Bibliothèque Nationale and Musée du Quai Branly will loan works of art.


“This is not a museum that will stay the same for 10 years and it’s not a museum that will change completely like an exhibition – it’s somewhere in between and I think that is interesting,” Agence France-Muséum’s scientific director, Jean-François Charnier, said to The National.

Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronnière, Claude Monet’s La gare Saint-Lazare, and Jacques-Louis David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps are among the paintings on loan. La_belle_ferronnière,Leonardo_da_Vinci_-_Louvre


Jacques-Louis_David_-_Napoleon_Crossing_the_Alps_-_Schloss_CharlottenburgDealing with these works of art will be no simple task – especially paintings by da Vinci, which are part of a five painting collection in the Louvre. Although moving these paintings while maintaining their museum condition will be difficult, Charnier said the priceless paintings will be one of the things that defines the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

“We are not working on totally permanent galleries, they are semi-permanent galleries where the changes will be important year-on-year [and] this mobility, this flexibility, this volatility is a key element of the identity of Louvre Abu Dhabi,” Charnier said.