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Must-See New Masterpieces are on View at Louvre Abu Dhabi
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Temperatures in the UAE crossed the 50°C threshold on Sunday, July 16. The Met office recorded the highest temperature reading in the country at 50.1°C in Bada Dafas, located in Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra region.

On hot summer days, we recommend spending time in the cool rooms of the incredible Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, full of art and culture.

This summer, art lovers and museum goers will be swept away, as Louvre Abu Dhabi unveils an impressive collection of new acquisitions that are on display in the permanent galleries. The newly exhibited artworks reinforce the museum’s pivotal role as the first universal museum in the Arab world for global cultural exchange.

From pre-history artefacts to art pieces by Pablo Picasso, new stories of cultural connections – spanning centuries and providing a glimpse into the rich tapestry of human creativity and artistic expression – can be found at every turn throughout Louvre Abu Dhabi’s galleries.

Les Marionnettes ©Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
Les Marionnettes © Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

Among the notable additions are:
• Blue and white dish with peonies (China, 1403 – 1425)
• Figure of Surya, divinity of the sun (Cambodia, 9th century)
• The Prince of Envy and the Abduction of Concord (Southern Netherlands, probably Tournai, ca. 1530)
• Les Marionnettes by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (France, 1775 – 1778)
• Terrestrial Globe, by Vincenzo Coronelli (Italy, 1688)
Three outstanding works by Pablo Picasso

These artworks serve as windows into different eras, civilisations and artistic movements, allowing visitors to connect with the richness and beauty of the shared human heritage.

Through its innovative curatorial approach, Louvre Abu Dhabi focuses on building understanding across cultures: through stories of human creativity that transcend civilisations, geographies, and times. The museum’s growing collection is unparalleled in the region and spans thousands of years of human history, including prehistoric tools, artefacts, religious texts, iconic paintings, and contemporary artworks.

We would also recommend you to read our article about three NFT female Arab artists.