One Year On And One Million Visitors: How Louvre Abu Dhabi Surpassed Expectations

Diana Bell-Heather   |   13 - 11 - 2018

This week, Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrate it’s one year anniversary with a total of one million visitors walking through the doors of the museum.

 

Louvre Abu Dhabi

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Photo by Hufton Crow

 

Adding an art platform to the regional landscape, Louvre Abu Dhabi is not only a destination for fans of Renaissance paintings and ancient artefacts, but a monument of modern architecture that amazes anyone who steps into the vast space on Saadiyat island.

 

Since opening on 11 November 2017, the museum has presented four international exhibitions, launched the world’s first roadside gallery and championed the next generation of Emirati cultural leaders.

 

Louvre Abu Dhabi

© Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi
Photo by Hufton Crow

 

This autumn, Louvre Abu Dhabi unveiled 11 new world-class acquisitions in its permanent galleries, alongside new significant loans from 13 French partner institutions as well as regional and international museums. Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci, that broke world records at auction, is yet to appear on the walls of the museum but there is no doubt that it will attract many more visitors from around the world.

 

“On one hand, we have access to some of the most incredible collections and benefit from collaborating with some of the world’s most qualified museum experts. On the other, being a young museum in this region empowers us to be experimental and encourages us to be agile to appeal to our incredibly diverse audiences. Before the opening, we were often asked if there was an appetite for museums in Abu Dhabi and the amazing response we’ve had in our first year is proving that there is,” said Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi.

 

Louvre Abu Dhabi

© Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi
Photo by Hufton Crow

 

Before the end of the year, check out the Rain of Light Festival from 11 – 15 December that will include concerts, ballet, street dance battles, circus, street art performances, and traditional music. On February 14 2019 an exhibition to celebrate one of art history’s most acclaimed and well-loved Old Masters will come to Abu Dhabi. Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces of the Leiden Collection and the Musée du Louvre will be devoted to the Dutch masters.