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The Louvre Abu Dhabi

On November 11 2017, Ambassador Mahash Saeed Salem Mahash Alhameli of the United Arab Emirates to South Africa hosted a celebration of the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Ambassador Christophe Farnaud of France joined in the opening celebration which marked the completion of France’s most significant museum cooperation project valued at £1billion. In his remarks Ambassador Farnaud pointed out that South Africa was the only country in the world, outside the UAE, that marked the occasion.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by architect Jean Nouvel, is the result of an intergovernmental agreement between France and the UAE signed in March 2007.









The Louvre Abu Dhabi will display a rich permanent collection consisting of its own acquisitions – some 600 works ranging from Antiquity to the present – along with 300 works on loan from French museums. Featuring major works from all periods and geographical areas, the museum offers a cultural dialogue emphasizing their commonalities. The France Muséums agency, an umbrella organization comprising the Louvre and another 12 French museums, oversaw the project’s conception and will be responsible for organizing four temporary exhibits a year for 15 years. The first of these, “From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for All,” will be devoted to the history of the Paris museum. About 1,000 works from French national collections will be presented during the first year.

The inauguration on November 11 has concluded an exceptional French-Emirati cultural season that, since March 2016, has showcased bilateral cultural and artistic cooperation in connection with the Louvre Abu Dhabi project.

Embassy of France in SA and staff reporter



March 2018






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