While my visit to Musee du Louvre in Paris took me 40 years to wait, it was only 19 days following the public opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi last 11th November 2017, that made me leave Dubai, and troop to the waterfront of Saadiyat Island, a man-made island on the coast of United Arab Emirates’ metropolis.
I tried my best to defy great expectations and to avoid Paris-Abu Dhabi museum-comparison as I know it’s pointless and futile. Musee du Louvre in the French capital where Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa reigns supreme is absolutely unfair to be compared with the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi (and vise-versa) located in the Emirati capital city, where Leonardo Da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronniere, that was actually on loan from the Louvre Paris, and Vincent van Gogh’s self-portrait which was on loan as well from the Musee d’Orsay, have started to draw crowds as Louvre Abu Dhabi museum’s early favourites.
Apart from some 300 loaned masterpieces with 300 more works of art that are housed in the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, I intended to kill my curiosity about that much talked about humongous dome created by architect Jean Novel, with randomly perforated woven design and Arabesque patterns, that provides shade while punctuated by bursts of sunlight. It was a sight to behold! I’ve never seen quite like it before!
So with pre-booked 60-dirham-admission ticket which I purchased from their website a day before my visit, I queued for about half an hour to finally set foot inside Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Below are some photos of my favourite masterpieces that are on exhibit at the time of my visit to Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Because I went on the day the long weekend holiday started, it was packed with people.
Ramesses II, Pharaoh of Egypt. 1279-1213 BCE. Diorite. Mussee du Louvre.
Sphinx. Greece or Italy. Limestone. 600-500 BCE Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Persian Archer. Archemenid Empire. Iran, 510 BCE. Brick. Musee du Louvre.
Details. Tapestry of Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar. Southern Netherlands. 1520. Wool & silk.
Tower of Babel, Abel Grimmer, Belgium Antwerp. 1595. Oil on wood.
Portrait of a Woman called, La Belle Ferroniere. Leonardo da Vinci. 1945 oil on wood.
Wounded Human Soldier. Jean Germain-Drouasis, 1785. Oil on canvass.
Details of entire painting of Napoleon Bonaparte, 1st Consul, Crossing the Alps on 20 May 1800 by Jacques-Louis David, France, 1803. Oil on canvas. Loan from Musée National des Chateaux de Versailles et de Trianon.
Self-Portrait. Vincent van Gogh.France, 1887.
Family Tree. Zhang Huan. USA, 2000.
Fantastic huge geometric-patterned dome by architect Jean Nouvel is one the attractions in Louvre Abu Dhabi.
For those who will have more than 12 hour layover in UAE’s capital, for those who will visit Abu Dhabi and other emirates of UAE, for those who are hungry for universal arts and culture, I highly suggest for you not to wait for 40 years before you visit Louvre Abu Dhabi.
- “Louvre Abu Dhabi – See Humanity in a new light.”
- Visit their website for more details : www.louvreabudhabi.ae