Louvre Abu Dhabi's first permanent collection

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened its first permanent collection to the public on April 21, is the largest of France's overseas cultural projects
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An Emirati looks at an Islamic installation which is believed to originate from the Syrian capital Damascus during the second half of the 13th century, that are part of 130 artworks featured at the first large-scale presentation of the permanent collection of Abu Dhabi's planned Louvre Museum, at a venue on the Saddiyat Island where the museum will be built off the Emirati capital, on April 21, 2013. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened it's first permanent collection to the public on April 21, is the largest of France's overseas cultural project, Filippetti told AFP (AFP/Getty Images)
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An Emirati visitor looks at 'Venus and Nymphs Bathing', a painting by French artist Louis Jean-Francois Lagrenee, that is part of 130 artworks featured at the first large-scale presentation of the permanent collection of Abu Dhabi's planned Louvre Museum, at a venue on the Saddiyat Island where the museum will be built off the Emirati capital, on April 21, 2013. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened it's first permanent collection to the public on April 21, is the largest of France's overseas cultural project, Filippetti told AFP (AFP/Getty Images)
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An Emirati visitor stands near a painting (R) by Flemish Baroque painter Jacob Jordaens that is part of 130 artworks featured at the first large-scale presentation of the permanent collection of Abu Dhabi's planned Louvre Museum, at a venue on the Saddiyat Island where the museum will be built off the Emirati capital, on April 21, 2013. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened it's first permanent collection to the public on April 21, is the largest of France's overseas cultural project, Filippetti told AFP (AFP/Getty Images)
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Emirati visitors walk past paintings that are part of 130 artworks featured at the first large-scale presentation of the permanent collection of Abu Dhabi's planned Louvre Museum, at a venue on the Saddiyat Island where the museum will be built off the Emirati capital, on April 21, 2013. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened it's first permanent collection to the public on April 21, is the largest of France's overseas cultural project, Filippetti told AFP (AFP/Getty Images)
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Emirati visitors look at 'Venus and Nymphs Bathing', a painting by French artist Louis Jean-Francois Lagrenee, that is part of 130 artworks featured at the first large-scale presentation of the permanent collection of Abu Dhabi's planned Louvre Museum, at a venue on the Saddiyat Island where the museum will be built off the Emirati capital, on April 21, 2013. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened it's first permanent collection to the public on April 21, is the largest of France's overseas cultural project, French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti told AFP (AFP/Getty Images)
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French Minister for Culture and Communication Aurelie Filippetti (C) talks with an Emirati offical during the opening Abu Dhabi's planned Louvre Museum, at a venue on the Saddiyat Island where the museum will be built off the Emirati capital, on April 21, 2013. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened it's first permanent collection to the public on April 21, is the largest of France's overseas cultural project, Filippetti told AFP (AFP/Getty Images)
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French Minister for Culture and Communication Aurelie Filippetti (C) talks with an Emirati offical during the opening Abu Dhabi's planned Louvre Museum, at a venue on the Saddiyat Island where the museum will be built off the Emirati capital, on April 21, 2013. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened it's first permanent collection to the public on April 21, is the largest of France's overseas cultural project, Filippetti told AFP (AFP/Getty Images)
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Emirati visitors look at painting behind a painting by Pablo Ruiz Picasso 'Portrait of a Lady' (L), that is a part of 130 artworks featured at the first large-scale presentation of the permanent collection of Abu Dhabi's planned Louvre Museum, at a venue on the Saddiyat Island where the museum will be built off the Emirati capital, on April 21, 2013. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened it's first permanent collection to the public on April 21, is the largest of France's overseas cultural project, France's culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti told AFP (AFP/Getty Images)
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Emirati visitors walk past paintings that are part of 130 artworks featured at the first large-scale presentation of the permanent collection of Abu Dhabi's planned Louvre Museum, at a venue on the Saddiyat Island where the museum will be built off the Emirati capital, on April 21, 2013. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened it's first permanent collection to the public on April 21, is the largest of France's overseas cultural project, Filippetti told AFP (AFP/Getty Images)
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