The first special exhibition to be held at Louvre Abu Dhabi since it opened on Saadiyat Island last month will open to the public later this week.
From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone will open on December 21 and will run until April 7, 2018, news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.
The exhibition traces the history of France’s Musee du Louvre in the 18th century through 150 paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and other works of art from the world-renowned collections of the Musee du Louvre and the Chateau de Versailles.
It tells the story of the creation of the Musee du Louvre two centuries ago, when Europe’s first museums were founded to share access to magnificent royal collections with the public.
Divided into three sections, the exhibition explores the royal collections at Versailles under Louis XIV, the Louvre as a palace for artists, and the creation of the museum.
Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: "The opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi is a momentous achievement of which the UAE is very proud. Louvre Abu Dhabi’s programme of first exhibitions will tell stories from around the world, reflecting and building upon the diverse themes of the permanent galleries. It is fitting that the inaugural exhibition explores the creation of the Musee du Louvre, an institution which shares Louvre Abu Dhabi’s universal values."
From One Louvre to Another begins with Versailles in the late 17th century, showing how the royal collections were displayed in the gardens, the state apartments, and the king’s private apartment. Notable works displayed in this section will include Jean Garnier’s stunning oil painting Portrait of Louis XIV with the allegory of good government (1670-72), and the 1st - 2nd century AD Roman statue, Diana of Versailles, formerly found in the grounds of the great palace.
It then moves on to the Louvre palace, a great hive of artistic activity in the 18th century, home to artists’ studios, the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, and the Salon, a contemporary art exhibition that was held in the Salon Carre every other year.
An epilogue to the exhibition evokes the transformation of the Louvre into a universal museum in the 19th century, with the discovery of periods of history and peoples that were not familiar in Europe at the time. A highlight is the Barberini vase, a copper work masterpiece executed for an Ayyubid prince who reigned in Aleppo between 1239 and 1260.
From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone is curated by Jean-Luc Martinez, president-director, Musee du Louvre, and Juliette Trey, curator, Prints and Drawings Department, Musee du Louvre.
Tickets for the museum cost AED60 for general admission and AED30 for visitors aged 13 to 22 and UAE education professionals.
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