Musée d'Orsay: Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi

An exceptional project: the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum

Located on Saadiyat Island, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is a universal museum dedicated to reflecting the exchange of cultures through works of art, from prehistory to the present day.

Designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum echoes an Arab town with its permanent galleries, temporary exhibition space, children’s museum, auditorium, restaurants, gift shop and research centre.

Visitors can stroll beneath the museum’s iconic dome overlooking the sea, and can experience the enchanting “rain of light” inspired by the dappled shade of palm trees in the oases of the United Arab Emirates, oases where the paths of so many travellers have crossed in the past.

An intergovernmental agreement

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the result of an intergovernmental agreement in 2007 between France and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This agreement provides for the "Louvre" name to be lent for a period of thirty-six months, for artworks from French public collections to be loaned for ten years, and, finally, for temporary exhibitions to be organised with the help of France for a period of fifteen years.

The Agence France Museum was set up to carry through France’s commitments, and to structure the expertise of French cultural institutions associated with the Louvre Abu Dhabi project, which include the Public Establishment of the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie.

A Universal Museum

The museum galleries tell the story of mankind in twelve chapters. Each chapter focuses on one theme, revealing common links, from prehistoric art to contemporary art. The artworks highlight universal themes and shared influences.

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