By Sam Bridge
Louvre Abu Dhabi says it has attracted more than 2 million visitors since opening in November 2017
Louvre Abu Dhabi has attracted more than 2 million visitors as it celebrates its second-year anniversary this month.
Since opening in 2017, Louvre Abu Dhabi's appeal has been built on a rich cross-cultural collection, eight international exhibitions and a range of cultural programmes, a statement said.
The institution has further solidified its commitment to education, inaugurating the Children’s Museum in July – the first museum of its kind in the Arab world – and welcoming over 60,000 student visits.
Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi said: “Two years ago, we launched this museum as a gift from Abu Dhabi to the world. Our vision was for a truly universal museum, a place that shines a light on our shared humanity through an incredible collection of artworks and artefacts from every corner of the globe. Today, I could not be prouder of how that vision has been brought to life.
"Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrates the connections between cultures and tells a story of our collective history, present and future – a story that is now even more important in a world that tends to focus more on our differences than our similarities.”
Manuel Rabaté, director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, added: “In just two years, Louvre Abu Dhabi has established its reputation as a space for cultural exchange, community engagement and progressive dialogue.
"We have realised some significant milestones during this time, from major acquisitions of artworks for the museum’s collection, to outstanding special exhibitions that have garnered global attention. Education is also at the core of our mission and values.”
During the anniversary month, Louvre Abu Dhabi will offer diverse experiences for visitors, from landmark exhibitions to interactive public programmes across the galleries.
Currently on view, 10,000 Years of Luxury – the first comprehensive exhibition on the history of luxury in the world and the largest presentation at Louvre Abu Dhabi to date — has received high acclaim from the public and media.
Open through to February 18, 2020, this exploration on the multifaceted nature of luxury presents 350 objects including fashion, jewellery, visual art, furniture and design. The exhibition was organised by Louvre Abu Dhabi, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, and Agence France-Muséums.For all the latest art news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.