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Mideast outpost of Louvre to open in Abu Dhabi in November

Mideast outpost of Louvre to open in Abu Dhabi in November”

Authorities in Abu Dhabi have announced that the emirate's long-delayed Louvre art museum will open in November.

"The Louvre is the crown jewel of Paris, and so the Louvre Abu Dhabi is destined for such distinction in this part of the world", Al Nayhan told reporters.

"The establishment of such a museum is a landmark in the history of art.and shows the commitment (of the UAE and France) to peace and diversity", said French Culture Minister Francois Nyssen.

The museum was built under an agreement signed between Abu Dhabi and France in 2007. It also released breathtaking new images from inside the space-age structure, and gave the first word on what exhibitions would open the 97,000-square-metre space.

A special inaugural exhibition, "From One Louvre to Another", to open on December 21, will look at the history of Musée du Louvre in Paris, from the royal collections at Versailles under King Louis XIV to the creation of the modern museum.

The construction site of the Louvre Abu Dhabi designed by Jean Novel is seen on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi November 27, 2014.

The museum has been designed by Jean Nouvel, a French architect who has been awarded the Pritzker Prize, a top recognition in the field of architecture.

The museum will feature 23 permanent galleries, styled like medinas and low-lying Arab settlements, and featuring over 600 exhibits.

"Louvre Abu Dhabi is a place where visitors can come to understand their own and others' cultures".

Ideally, Zayed museum was scheduled to open in 2016 and Guggenheim in 2017, but the contracts were yet to be assigned.

In the opening year, the museum will display 300 artworks from 13 key French institutions, such as the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and Centre Pompidou in Paris. Notable works will include Leonardo da Vinci's "La Belle Ferroniere", Claude Monet's "Saint-Lazare" and Henri Matisse's "Still Life With Magnolia".



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