Louvre Abu Dhabi set to unveil new acquisitions, loans

New acquisitions will join the 657 artworks on display in the permanent collection of Louvre Abu Dhabi
Louvre Abu Dhabi set to unveil new acquisitions, loans
Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to unveil 11 new acquisitions in its permanent galleries and 40 new loans.
By Sam Bridge
Sat 27 Oct 2018 10:26 AM

Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to unveil 11 new acquisitions in its permanent galleries and 40 new loans including ancient, modern and contemporary masterpieces from around the world.

The new acquisitions will join the 657 artworks on display in the permanent collection of Louvre Abu Dhabi, state news agency WAM reported.

The new acquisitions in Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection include a monumental 175cm Avalokiteshvara Buddhist sculpture from China (11-12th century) and four tapestries depicting The Hunts of Maximilian from an original drawing by Bernard van Orley from France (1665-1674).

Other acquisitions include a Japanese Samurai armour, a masterpiece by famous armour maker Miyata Katsusada, a rare conical helmet from Mongolia or China, a Phoenix-headed Ewer from the Tang Dynasty, China and a jewelled katar dagger from India inlayed with 481 rubies and almost 100 emeralds.

Acquisitions representing the region include a rare Albarello decorated with fleurs-de-lys from Syria or Egypt, a Three Medallion Mamluk Carpet from Egypt, a rare Ottoman horse armour bearing the Saint Irene mark of the imperial ottoman arsenal in Istanbul and a Mamluk Bowl from Egypt or Syria.

Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: "The galleries’ update will not only invite visitors to discover new acquisitions from the museum’s growing collection, and new loans from our partners.

"It also illustrates our commitment to train and champion the next generation of Emirati museum professionals who have been working over the years and now take great care of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s collection and galleries."

Manuel Rabaté, director, Louvre Abu Dhabi added: "We are thrilled to unveil new artworks in our galleries. Louvre Abu Dhabi is proud to add 11 new monumental acquisitions to its collection. Building a collection is a gradual and rigorous process through the selection of marvellous pieces, and we hope visitors delight in discovering and learning about these new ones as much as we do."

New masterpieces from Louvre Abu Dhabi’s regional cultural institutions and 13 French partner museums will also join the 300 loans on display.

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