Louvre Abu Dhabi, opening in 2017 is a universal museum in the Arab World. Its very name is testament to what is an unprecedented alliance of an intergovernmental agreement between the emirate of Abu Dhabi and France, through one of the highest level of cultural cooperation ever created between two sovereign countries.
The museum will highlights interconnections, exchanges and conversations between civilizations and the similarities and differences between their artistic traditions. When the museum opens, approximately half of the art works displayed will be from its own collection and half will be loans from leading French museums.
Louvre Abu Dhabi is intended to be a place of discovery, exchange and education. It will also play an important social role in United Arab Emirates. In this respect, it can be seen as a product of the 18th-century Enlightenment in Europe. This movement gave birth to the principle of the encyclopaedic and universal museum housing diverse collections of artworks for the purposes of public display and scientific study. The museum will present major objects from the fields of archaeology, fine arts and decorative arts. It will also represent all regions, periods, including contemporary art and the narrative of art history.
Louvre Abu Dhabi will offer a global vision of history of world art, one that will inevitably evolve over time.
The interior exhibition spaces (comprising the Museum Galleries, Exhibitions and Children's Museum). The temporary exhibition space contains approximately 2,000 square meters dedicated to rotating exhibitions that will periodically provide a new subject or theme for the visitor to explore. The Children's Museum completes the ensemble with approximately 200 square meters specially laid out for the Louvre Abu Dhabi's youngest visitors, providing interactive exhibitions with real artworks specifically curated to be enjoyed by children.
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority currently oversees non-construction related activities such as acquisitions, operations, visitor experience.
Tourism Development & Investment Company is the master developer of Saadiyat Island and other major tourism destinations which embrace Abu Dhabi's heritage and culture while preserving its natural beauty and resources. As part of the Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, TDIC is developing three major museums including the Louvre Abu Dhabi.