Belgian firm wins deal to supply Louvre Abu Dhabi display cases

Meyvaert Glass Engineering is hired by Abu Dhabi's TDIC to provide more than 100 tailored cases
By Staff writer
Sat 04 Apr 2015 09:15 AM

The master developer of Saadiyat’s Cultural District has announced that it has appointed Meyvaert Glass Engineering to provide display cases for the art pieces of Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) said in a statement that the Belgian-based company will provide more than 100 tailored cases that will play a key role in the project’s museology.

The display cases, bases and podia will be distributed across the museum’s permanent galleries housing some of the more delicate artefacts of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection, such as a 13th century Syrian section of the Holy Qur’an, containing suras 78 to 114, an Egyptian Mummy bandage from Ptolemaic period.

Once completed, Louvre Abu Dhabi will encompass 9,200 square metres of art galleries. The 6,681-square-metre Permanent Gallery will house the museum's permanent collection taking the visitor through a universal journey from the most ancient to contemporary art works from different civilisations.

The Temporary Gallery will be a dedicated space of 2,364 square metres presenting temporary exhibitions of international standards. The gallery spaces will also include a children’s museum.

Ali Yousif Al Hammadi, CEO at TDIC, said: "This new milestone in the museum’s development reflects our commitment to not only focus on the construction of Louvre Abu Dhabi, but also to ensure that the museum’s interiors meet the highest of standards expected.

"We are pleased to announce that Meyvaert Glass Engineering will be supplying the display cases for Louvre Abu Dhabi’s art collection, given their international reputation of supplying high quality cases for reputable museums across the world."

Display cases placed in the middle of the galleries will seem to rise up from the ground. The tall display cases and bell jars are generously sized, allowing visitors to discover the works from all points of view, he added.

Steven de Tollenaere, CEO at Meyvaert Glass Engineering, said: "We are pleased to have been appointed to deliver the display cases for this unique museum, whose technical requirements are of a higher standard than the typical specifications requested.

"We are confident that we can rise to the project’s challenges, which include shipping our individually-designed cases in special temperature-controlled containers, to ensure they remain unscathed, before they are reassembled within the museum."

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