When we appreciate art, we restore and improve our mental health and wellness. The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum offers to experience the healing power of art with the help of short videos of three artworks from the museum collection. The videos are called Mindful Art Moments and can be watched on the official website of the museum. Grounding exercises to allow the viewer to relax, gently observe and reflect on an artwork are used in these videos.
“Art is a natural way to practice mindfulness. The colours, textures and sounds of creating pull us into the moment. You don’t need any previous training to meditate through art, just a willingness,” says artist and art therapist Amy Maricle.
Three artworks which are available to viewers are the following: In Fontainebleau Forest: Pines and Birch Trees in the Rocks by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (ca. 1845-1850), Untitled I-Ix by American artist Cy Twombly (2008) and Mobile – Untitled.
Art is a way of self-expression, a reflection of one’s worldview. And the moment we come into contact with a finished creative product, we can expand our own boundaries and perceptions. We can recognize experiences we have never experienced in an interesting setting.
Art develops our emotional sphere, makes us feel, empathize, understand, rethink, which means that art heals spiritual wounds. And sometimes, it can inspire you to take some important step.
Louvre Abu Dhabi is a unique project with an area of 6400 sq. m. It consists of 55 buildings, 23 galleries covered with a huge dome with a diameter of 180 m and a weight of 7.5 thousand tons. The walls in the museum are white; the sun’s rays enter through the carved dome, imitating palm leaves in a desert oasis. Channels with water flow between the buildings and inside them, forming terraces and squares, all this creates a feeling of extraordinary freedom of space, which is radically different from the usual museum environment.
In the Louvre Abu Dhabi you can see paintings, sculptures, jewelry, books and other interesting artifacts collected from all over the world – ancient and modern.
The videos can be watched on the official website of the museum.
You might be also interested in watching a webinar “Arts for Health and Wellbeing”.