It has long seemed like the project that would never be completed: The Louvre Abu Dhabi, announced in 2007, has had an opening date that kept getting delayed, from 2012 to 2013 to 2015 and beyond.
Now, the museum is announcing that it will finally open — for real this time — on Nov. 11.
The architect Jean Nouvel designed the domed building on Saadiyat Island, a cultural district off the coast of the United Arab Emirates capital, and highlighted its surrounding water, with promenades overlooking the sea.
Displays — from the museum’s collection and loans — will range from the ancient to the modern. A Bactrian princess created in Central Asia dates to the end of the 3rd millennium B.C., along with an Ottoman turban helmet, Paul Gauguin’s “Children Wrestling” (1888) and a monumental work by Ai Weiwei (1957).
Among the first of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s site-specific outdoor works are three engraved stone walls created by the American artist Jenny Holzer.
A special inaugural exhibition, “From One Louvre to Another,” to open on Dec. 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 Louvre has agreed to loan its name to the Abu Dhabi museum for 30 years and 6 months, temporary exhibitions for 15 years, and artworks for 10 years.
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