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Louvre in Abu Dhabi – art in the UAE

Louvre in Abu Dhabi — art in the UAE

November 2017 will is marked with the opening of the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi. Starting from November 11, the museum is open to the public, and everyone can visit it.

The government of the UAE signed the agreement with France on the establishment of the museum back in 2007. Under the terms of this agreement, the Louvre in Abu Dhabi will use not only the name of the magnificent Parisian art gallery but also the certain canvases for temporary exhibitions. The museum has already purchased more than 600 paintings. Among them, there are the most important works of world masters, some of which are provided by the leading organizations of France.

Jean Nouvel is the author of this project; he is one of the most famous modern architects of France, the winner of the most prestigious architectural award in the world – the Pritzker Prize. In his projects, Jean Nouvelle is guided by the ideas of the modernism. The Louvre in Abu Dhabi is the unique architectural design. Externally, it resembles a dome, letting in the sun's rays, so that there is a feeling of "light rain." The total area of the museum is 24,000 square meters. The dome is decorated with stars that are linked into an elegant pattern.

Approximately 6 thousand square meters of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi is the territory intended for permanent exposition. The main goal of the museum is to create the platform for establishing communication between people through art. It was created with the intention to find common points between different countries, cultures, and peoples. Visitors will also have the opportunity to stroll along the unusually beautiful promenade.

The topics of the forthcoming exhibitions will be of the very diverse nature. According to the contract, the museum will exhibit the works of Paul Gauguin, René Magritte, Vincent Van Gogh and other known masters. Such cooperation between France and the UAE, feasibly, will continue. Currently, negotiations are under way for additional training for museum personnel in the Louvre in Abu Dhabi at the Sorbonne University. This will significantly improve their professional skills.

The acquisition of the Louvre museum did cost the UAE about $525 million. All the inscriptions in the museum are in Arabic and English. The opening of the museum and the beginning of such international cooperation in the cultural sphere is the very important step for Abu Dhabi. This is the example of cultural diplomacy in action and the excellent incentive for the further development and support of art in the country. Also, such facilities are the real "magnets" for tourists in the UAE, the number of which, most likely, will increase after the opening of the museum.

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