300 masterpieces loaned to Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi

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The masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol will be lent by 13 French museums for the opening of the Louvre museum Abu Dhabi.

These 300 works coming from the greatest French establishments will be presented alongside the Museum’s collection in its opening year, indicates the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. These loans will complement the collection, while illustrating the universal vocation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Among the works will be “La Belle Ferronnière” of Leonardo da Vinci, from the Museum of the Louvre, “the Apollo of the Belvedere” of Francesco Primaticcio loaned by the Château de Fontainebleau, “Bonaparte crossing the Alps” of Jacques-Louis David (Versailles) and the Fife (1866) by Edouard Manet (Musée d’Orsay).

We will find also the “self-portrait” by Vincent Van Gogh (Musée d’Orsay), “still life with Magnolia” Henri Matisse (Centre Pompidou), “The Saint Lazare train station –” by Claude Monet (Orsay), a colossal statue of King Ramsès II (Louvre) and a work of Andy Warhol’s 1968 (Big Electric Chair), lent by the Centre Pompidou.

The Emirates themselves bought a Yemeni tora (Judaism), a statue of shiva nataraja (Hinduism), a Buddha and works embodying African animism.

In 2007 Paris and Abu Dhabi signed an agreement of one billion Euros for a period of 30 years including the design and the implementation by the Agency France-Museums du Louvre in the UAE.

Built on Saadiyat Island, on the edge of sea, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will extend over 64,000 m2, with 6,000 m2 for permanent collections and 2,000 m2 for temporary exhibitions.

Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Authority of Tourism and Culture, organization overseeing the Louvre Abu Dhabi, stressed that the “outstanding loans made by our French partners are the symbol of collaboration and exchanges that characterize” project.

The Museum built by architect Jean Nouvel is planned to open in December 2015.

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