Louvre Abu Dhabi designed by Jean Nouvel
You Don't Have To Go To Paris To Visit The Louvre
This morning, Waqas and I were invited to visit the famed Louvre Museum, which has now opened in Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island, after almost a decade in the making. The sprawling venue has been designed by star architect Jean Nouvel, emulating a traditional Arab Medina (city). In his words, "Art is one of the highest elements of human happiness. I designed this space bearing that in mind." The galleries house hundreds of works spanning thousands of years, on loan from a collective of almost 17 celebrated cultural institutions in France. They range from Ancient Egyptian statues of the Pharaohs, to contemporary works and paintings by artists such as Yan Pei-Ming, and Jackson Pollock. The project is a cross-governmental partnership between the UAE and France, "serving as a new cultural beacon" by uniting distinct cultures from around the world through the art of story telling.