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Louvre Abu Dhabi reveals calendar of events and exhibitions for 2024-2025 season

Louvre Abu Dhabi reveals calendar of events and exhibitions for 2024-2025 season
8 May 2024 18:14


Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced its series of upcoming exhibitions, comprising a wide array of themes and collaborations. The 2024 – 2025 exhibitions will highlight the museum's dedication to nurturing artistic dialogue and fostering a deeper appreciation for global cultures.

Alongside these exhibitions, the museum will curate a line-up of programmes and projects that will further enrich the visitor experience. These include educational workshops, interactive installations and events that encourage active participation and dialogue.

Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: "Each exhibition at Louvre Abu Dhabi is a testament to our dedication towards offering unique and enriching experiences to our visitors. We are proud to present the best of the worlds of the East and the West with these upcoming exhibitions, which not only celebrate the rich heritage of art but also encourage dialogue and appreciation for diverse artistic expressions. Our new season further solidifies the museum's commitment to fostering dialogue, promoting cultural understanding and celebrating the beauty of human creativity."

Dr Guilhem André, Acting Director of Scientific, Curatorial, and Collections Management at Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: "Our aim is to create a platform that transcends boundaries and brings people together through the universal language of art. These exhibitions will provide visitors with an opportunity to explore different artistic movements, cultures and narratives, fostering a deeper understanding of our shared human experiences."

The fourth edition of Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here, in partnership with Swiss watchmaking brand Richard Mille, will be curated by Simon Njami, an independent curator, lecturer, writer and art critic who has curated many international exhibitions showcasing African contemporary artists. This year’s edition is inspired by the concept of Awakenings and will be expanding to North Africa alongside the GCC. This expansion is attributed to the expertise of curator Simon Njami in the region, reflecting the museum's commitment to showcasing diverse artistic voices. Shortlisted artists will have an opportunity to showcase their site-specific monumental artworks at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. One winner will be chosen by a jury panel as the recipient of the esteemed Richard Mille Art Prize in December 2024.

In partnership with Musée d’Orsay, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Post-Impressionism: Beyond Appearances exhibition will build upon the success of its exhibition Impressionism: Pathways to Modernity. This exhibition will delve into the period known as Post-Impressionism, focusing specifically on the years between 1886 and 1905. These two decades was a time of immense artistic innovation and experimentation, marking the transition from Impressionism to the explosive emergence of the Fauves at the Salon d’Automne. The exhibition will be curated by Jean-Rémi Touzet, conservator for paintings at the Musée d’Orsay, and Jérôme Farigoule, Chief Curator at Louvre Abu Dhabi, with the support of Aisha Alahmadi, Curatorial Assistant at Louvre Abu Dhabi. One of the highlights of this exhibition is Vincent van Gogh's The Bedroom. This artwork, which depicts van Gogh’s bedroom in the Yellow House in Arles, where he set up his studio and lived from September 1888, represents the essence of Post-Impressionism and its departure from traditional artistic conventions. Other key highlights from the Arab world are two masterpieces by Egyptian artist Georges Hanna Sabbagh: The artist and his family at La Clarté (1920) and The Family; The Sabbagh in Paris (1921).

In partnership with musée du quai Branly, Kings and Queens of Africa: Forms and Figures of Power celebrates the history and cultural heritage of African royalty by showcasing carefully selected material extracts from various regions of the continent. With a collection of around 300 objects, including external loans, this exhibition will deliver a diverse and intriguing exploration of the culture and beliefs that are intertwined with the lives of African kings and queens. The exhibition will be curated by Hélène Joubert, Head Curator of the African Heritage Unit at musée du quai Branly, Jacques Chirac, with the support of two associate curators, Malick Ndiaye El Hadji, Curator of the Théodore Monod Museum of African Art IFAN-Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, and Cindy Olohou, an independent curator, as well as Mariam AlDhaheri, Curatorial Referee at Louvre Abu Dhabi. Among the many unique artworks set to be on display is an Ife Head from Nigeria (12th – 14th century) on loan from musée du Quai Branly. The exhibition aims to provide visitors with an enlightening experience that will deepen their understanding and appreciation of African royalty.

In addition to the exhibitions, Louvre Abu Dhabi will relaunch its White Canvas project, which takes the museum’s artistic vision to new heights by utilising the museum’s architecture as a blank canvas to transform outdoor areas of the museum into an external exhibition space through temporary art projections. Extending the gallery space into the museum’s park and surroundings for an artistic experience, the museum will become an even more integral part of the city’s artistic landscape. White Canvas will feature a range of exhibitions and happenings via art projections, inviting visitors to engage with art in a unique and immersive way.

Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to unveil an array of new acquisitions and loans in its permanent galleries for the year. These additions include ancient, modern and contemporary pieces from around the world. A significant highlight and Islamic artwork is the Pyxis in the name of Al-Mughira, on loan from the Department of Islamic Arts at the Musée du Louvre. This artefact, dating back over a millennium, will be on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi for the first time. Its departure from the Musée du Louvre marks a historic moment, allowing visitors in the UAE to appreciate its intricate craftsmanship and historical significance.

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s upcoming season will also offer a diverse range of cultural and educational programmes to complement the exhibitions. From interactive workshops and lectures to guided tours, the informative and engaging event will provide visitors of all ages and backgrounds with a deeper understanding of the showcased artworks.


Source: Aletihad - Abu Dhabi
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