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Stories of Paper at Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi is now holding a beautiful exhibition, Stories of Paper, featuring the world’s best art pieces created on paper. The Stories of Paper exhibition investigates the characteristics of paper during its history. Paper is considered to be the common heritage of mankind. It has always served as a universal medium encouraging cultural exchanges and is essential for keeping records and trade.

“With the emergence of digital transformation and the dematerialisation of our haptic experiences, it makes sense for Louvre Abu Dhabi, a universal museum, to celebrate paper as a common yet precious good,” said Manuel Rabate, the director of Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Stories of Paper examines the unique material’s qualities meant for recording, remembering and re-production. Paper manages to be simultaneously fragile and shapeable, light-sensitive and resilient. 

More than 100 pieces from 16 renowned institutions, including Musee du Louvre, are exhibited in Stories of Paper in Louvre Abu Dhabi. Some of the most famous artworks are Katsushika Hokusai’s Kanagawa-oki Nami Ura (The Great Wave off Kanagawa), The Labyrinth, a colossal maze made from curved ribbons of corrugated cardboard by artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, traditional paper clothing and a reconstruction of a room from a Korean paper house, masterworks by Antonio Pisanello and Pablo Picasso, paper-based artworks by Hassan Sharif, Abdullah Al Saadi and Mohammed Kazem, pioneers of Emirati conceptual art, as well as a 15th century Quran from Tunisia, scribed with silver ink on purple-dyed pages.

“Dictionary” by Hassan Sharif. Dictionary pages, glue and cotton rope;  385 x 170 x 65 cm.

The Stories of Paper exhibition is arranged thematically, accentuating various characteristics of paper – its versatility and its influence as an affordable material. Though singular works may attract attention, paper, as the material, is the centre of the exhibition.

The exhibition has been organised in partnership with the Musée du Louvre, France-Muséums and a number of leading international institutions and private collections.

For more informaation, please visit louvreabudhabi.ae.

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