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Louvre Abu Dhabi unveils new collection

Louvre Abu Dhabi unveils new collection

Louvre Abu Dhabi has revealed a number of acquisitions which form part of the Museum’s permanent collection. The new works are expected to be announced in October.

In the second edition of Louvre Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series a rich programme of public events will explore the significance of individual works both in art historical terms and in the context of the museum’s growing collection.

The series of lectures, organised jointly by TCA Abu Dhabi, Agence France-Muséums and the Ecole du Louvre, will aim to open up a dialogue with the public ahead of its opening.

Commenting on the importance of these series, HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of TCA Abu Dhabi said: “We are pleased to share with the public the vast array of works acquired for Louvre Abu Dhabi, and allow for them to experience and interact with the museum’s content as we shape its collection and prepare for the opening.

“The art works have been carefully acquired and compliment the universal narrative of the museum, representing world civilisations and important artistic periods across time.”


Some of the new acquisitions which will be shared with the public this fall in the upcoming series include: one of the finest examples of a standing Bactrian Princess from the end of the 3rd millennium BCE, a beautifully preserved pavement and fountain ensemble dating from the early Ottoman period and Paul Gauguin’s masterpiece Breton Boys Wrestling from 1888.

A photography collection is also starting, including Joseph Girault de Prangey’s Ayoucha, the most ancient known photographic representation of a veiled woman.

Henri Loyrette, President-Director of the Louvre Museum, said: “I am particularly pleased with the progress of Louvre Abu Dhabi. The Talking Art Series are an essential step in building awareness of the future museum and its collection, enriched by new, exceptional acquisitions.

“Moreover, it is important for the transmission of know-how and of expertise ahead of the Museum opening - a strong example being the programme of Master Classes for students starting at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi with the Ecole du Louvre. “

Louvre Abu Dhabi also announces its next exhibition of the Louvre Abu Dhabi collection in Abu Dhabi in April 2013.

Entitled Birth of a Museum, the exhibition will be the next presentation of the collection of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is set to open in 2015.