Famed Parisian museum, The Louvre is going to open an outpost in Abu Dhabi.
Louvre of Arabia
The Middle East is becoming increasingly interested in art. As well as being patrons of their own modern artists who today are breaking onto the scene and gaining much earned respect, the Arab world is embracing Western art. Art Dubai is already an exceptionally well-respected art fair in the region, and Abu Dhabi, another oil rich state is hot on Dubai’s heels when it comes to the art scene.
The Emirate is undertaking an ambitious plan to open Saadiat Island’s Cultural District, a compound of cluster of world-class cultural assets unprecedented in the world in 2015. There are plans for a Guggenheim Abu Dhabi modern art museum designed by Frank Gehry, the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, which will trace the country’s heritage, a performing arts centre designed by Saha Hadid and a Maritime Museum which will extoll the great seafaring history of the region, designed by Tadao Ando.
The jewel in the Abu Dhabi cultural crown will be a Jean Nouvel designer Louvre outpost measuring 24,000sqm with 8,000sqm of exhibition space. The museum will have access to many works from the Louvre in Paris as well as loans from the Centre georges Pompidou, the Musee d’Orsay and the Palace of Versailles.
The UAE museum has already acquired as a permanent collection o sculpture of a Bactrian princes dating from 3000BC, a fountain from the early Ottoman period, A gauging, A Magritte as well as French and American photography.
The Emirate has paid 4.8 billion dirham, 621 million US Dollars, and judging from the list of works already acquired it looks like there’s plenty more money in the piggy bank for further investment in the arts.
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