Louvre Abu Dhabi: Five Upcoming Major Exhibitions
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CHILDREN. Exhibition Picturing the Cosmos. Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Children’s Museum

Exhibition for young lovers of art and space will be held from 18 July 2023 till June 2025.

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s latest ‘educating’ children’s exhibition will be Picturing the Cosmos, taking children on a journey through the infinity of space via its various representations in art across time and cultures. The show will touch upon our fascination with the cosmos and how the sky above has been a never-ending source of inspiration.

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Children’s Museum.

The exhibition will address questions, such as ‘Why have humans always been fascinated by the cosmos?‘ and ‘How has the sky been a source of inspiration and imagination through ages?’. Children will embark on a mission to develop their observational and analytical skills needed to become a space explorer.

HISTORY. Letters of Light

The Letters of Light exhibition, held in partnership with Bibliothèque nationale de France and France Muséums, will showcase the Holy Books of the three Abrahamic religions – the Quran, the Christian Bible (Old and New Testaments), and the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh). The exhibition will delve into the historical context of the holy books, their associated scholarly, talismanic, and mystical practices, and their crucial role in intellectual and artistic history. The exhibition aims to foster a dialogue between the monotheistic traditions while respecting their unique characteristics, emphasising the universal nature of the biblical, evangelical, and Quranic messages and their ethical dimension by highlighting shared episodes and figures. 

Page of the famous Blue Quran. Gold on dyed parchment. Courtesy of Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Exhibition curated by Laurent Héricher, Chief Curator and Head of Oriental Manuscripts Department at Bibliothèque nationale de France, and Dr. Souraya Noujaim, Scientific, Curatorial, and Collections Management Director at Louvre Abu Dhabi will be open from September 13, 2023 till January 14 2024.

FASHION. Cartier, Islamic Inspiration and Modern Design

Starting from November 15, 2023, museum visitors will be able to visit the exhibition Cartier, Islamic Inspiration and Modern Design. It is co-organized with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Musée du Louvre, France Muséums, with the support of Cartier. The exhibition will present more than 500 pieces, from jewellery and masterpieces of Islamic art to drawings, books, photographs, and archival documents. This exposition will highlight the influence of the Islamic arts on Cartier’s design from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. 

Cover of a pen box. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Public Domain.

This beautiful exposition at Louvre Abu Dhabi is a reinterpretation of a travelling exhibition that was initially displayed in 2022 at Musée des Arts Décoratifs and Dallas Museum of Art, with the support of Cartier. The exhibition will be open till March 24, 2024.

ART. Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2023

For the third time Louvre Abu Dhabi and Swiss watchmaking brand Richard Mille will show an exhibition Art Here. The theme of this year is ‘Transparencies’.

Taking place outdoors and under the dome for the first time, Art Here 2023 will provide artists the opportunity to present their work within one of the most extraordinary museum settings. The domed roof of the museum features small, intricate cutouts that allow fractured bits of sunlight to shine through and cast interesting shadows. To present their work in such a unique place is already a victory for the participants of the exhibition. And one artist – winner will be selected to win the Richard Mille Art Prize.

Curated by Maya El Khalil exhibition will be open from November 21, 2023 till February 2024.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2022 (an installation view). Courtesy of Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

LITERATURE. Fables from East and West: from Kalila wa Dimna to the Fables of La Fontaine

Exhibition Fables from East and West will examine the roots and evolution of this genre through a showcase of illustrated manuscripts, paintings, contemporary works and more.

The literary genre of animal fables, which first originated in India and Greece in the first century BCE, was spearheaded by Ibn al-Muqaffa‘ in the Arab-Islamic world and Aesop in the Greco-Roman world. Over millennia, fables have continually transformed and adapted from one language to another, resulting in many new works being created in both the East and West. 

Organised in partnership with Bibliothèque nationale de France and France Muséums, exhibition will be held from March 20, 2024 to July 14, 2024.

To get more information, please visit the official website of the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum.

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