UPDATE 14 FEB 2021
WANDERING WEDNESDAYS AT THE LOUVRE ! Every WEDNESDAY EVEING FROM 6.30 TO 9.00PM you get free access to the dome..
you can see contemporary art works and explore a hidden roof terrace! There’s also a fascinating Sci Fi audio experience called We Are Not Alone that guides you to hidden parts of the museum and if you book ahead of time u can even go kayaking under the stars but that is charged at AED 120. The ART LOUNGE is also open where there’s a 2 for 1 beverage deal and an offer on a French Cheese Platter!
Background to the Louvre Abu DhabiThe name The Louvre has actually been rented out by Abu Dhabi for a period of 30 years from the Louvre in Paris.
Is the Louvre Abu Dhabi a museum or a gallery?I think it’s both. It calls itself a Gallery Museum. The building itself is one those iconic structures that people will definitely make time to see. Architecturally stunning in scale and detail, the roof of the Louvre is probably its most distinctive feature. Its dome like structure seems to be made of an intricate criss cross lattice that lets in different amounts of light during the day. There also seem to be some electric lights within the roof that light up during the evening and night. This almost gives the effect of stars twinkling within the roof at night. I particularly like how waterways have been incorporated within the building so at some level it really does seem like the whole building has been built on a promontory that’s jutting out over the water.
The exhibits at the Louvre Abu DhabiThe Louvre Abu Dhabi aims to depict the evolution of mankind through art. Expect to see sculpture, artifacts, paintings and contemporary art displayed not by country or museum of origin but by theme. Themes seem to be designed to trace the gradual evolution of humanity, so the museum welcome leaflet actually says “Get ready to see humanity in a new light” You’ll see art connected to ancient fertility, early tools, man’s mastery of animals, music and man’s connection to the spiritual world. So themes that connect us as humans. Philosophical thinking is also explored via art. Can you name these philosophers and their countries of origin? The art is drawn from the major civilizations of the world and incudes works from Egypt, India, China and Europe. Exhibits are clearly marked in terms of name, age and where they have been loaned from originally. Some items are from the Louvre in Paris, but also from museums all over the world. I recognized the tall thin Giacometti figures from Tate Modern that we saw this summer in London for example and there is art from the Musee D’Orsay in Paris. There is a section of modern paintings by well known painters that will be familiar to many. So expect to see a large Whistler painting, a Mark Rothko block painting – it’s not in the usual colours of saffron and reds, but brown. There is a also a Matisse, a Derain, a Cezanne and a Monet and a Manet, all representing some of the key impressionist painters. There are also some very contemporary installations that include a series of traditional blackened cooking pots mounted on a wall. These are from Saudi Arabia.
Guided Tours and Opening TimesThe museum is open every day except Monday from 10 am till 8pm. On Thursday and Friday it’s open from 10 am till 10pm! There are also guided tours featuring:
- Masterpieces that introduces the museum’s most popular works
- Architecture that explores how local traditions influence the building
- And a Family Tour of the museum’s collection entitled My First Visit to Louvre Abu Dhabi.