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Louvre Abu Dhabi’s collection to go on show in Paris

The museum’s permanent collection will showcased from May 2 in an exhibition in the French capital

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s collection to go on show in Paris
Louvre Abu Dhabi opens at the end of next year in the Cultural District of Saadiyat

More than one hundred and sixty masterpieces from Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection will be showcased in an exhibition opening this weekend in Paris.

The showcase at the Musée du Louvre, Paris at the Napoléon Hall, will go on display from May 2 until July 28 and will give art lovers an insight into the pieces which will be unveiled when the Louvre Abu Dhabi opens at the end of next year in the Cultural District of Saadiyat.

At the exhibition, titled Birth of a Museum, visitors will be able to explore artworks from ancient times including one of the finest examples of a standing Bactrian Princess from the end of the 3rd millennium BCE, a Middle-Eastern gold bracelet with a lion’s head approximately 3000 years-old and a painting by Oman Hemdy Bey from the 1878, titled A Young Emir Studying and a painting by Paul Gauguin Children Wrestling, 1888. Extending into more modern, contemporary artworks include, a Piet Mondrian that was previously part of the former Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé Collection, a painting by Alexander Calder and a series of nine canvases by contemporary artist Cy Twombly.

Commenting on the exhibition, HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) said: “It is with much anticipation that we share these treasures internationally. This is a significant  milestone for Louvre Abu Dhabi, that translates an important moment of history where both countries, UAE and France have collaborated and shared a vision enabling this achievement to be realised. The introduction to audiences outside Abu Dhabi provides an insight into the concept of Louvre Abu Dhabi and the museum as a place of cross-cultural dialogue and exchanges”

The exhibition's curators are Vincent Pomarède, director of mediation and cultural programming/director of the department of paintings at the Musée du Louvre, Paris Laurence des Cars, director of the Musée de l’Orangerie and Khalid Abdulkhaliq Abdulla, assistant curator for Birth of a Museum exhibition, TCA Abu Dhabi.

A previous Birth of a Museum exhibition was unveiled in Abu Dhabi at Manarat Al Saadiyat last year and welcomed visitors from all around the world.

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