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In photos: Seeing the light at the jaw-dropping Louvre Abu Dhabi

1 hour agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Widely seen as the esteemed French architect Jean Nouvel's masterpiece, the Louvre Abu Dhabi really is a sight to behold. More than a decade and hundreds of millions of dollars in the making, the museum finally opened last weekend, inviting...Show More Summary

templeofapelles: evacuation of the Louvre during WWII.  Venus...

2 days agoArts / Art History : Old Paint

empleofapelles: evacuation of the Louvre during WWII.  Venus de Milo.

Trouble on the Island of Happiness and Human Rights Concerns for the Louvre Abu Dhabi

2 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

When starchitect Jean Nouvel said he “saw no problem” with the way migrant laborers were treated during the construction of Saadiyat Island, you have to wonder if he even looked. The post Trouble on the Island of Happiness and Human Rights Concerns for the Louvre Abu Dhabi appeared first on Hyperallergic.

How France Is Branding Its Culture Across The Globe

"The opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi over the weekend is the latest example of how traditional French cultural diplomacy is being supplanted by brand politics: Abu Dhabi bought the rights to use the Paris museum's famous name at a price tag of over $500 million over three decades. This example of "soft power" goes […]

Louvre Abu Dhabi Draws Crowd like a Magnet in the UAE

2 days agoLifestyle / Luxury : Luxuo

The newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi has a 30-year agreement with France where the latter will provide expertise, loans works of art and organises temporary exhibitions.

Louvre Abu Dhabi's Treatment Of Migrant Workers Has Gotten Better, But Has It Improved Enough?

"In a gesture of inclusiveness that is rare in the region, the workers who had built the Jean Nouvel-designed museum on Saadiyat Island were given their own party.... Yet questions remain over the welfare of these and other construction workers, mostly migrants from the Indian subcontinent, on the island." Annual reports by PricewaterhouseCoopers note […]

UAE says Swiss reporters 'stopped for questioning' after Louvre launch

5 days agoArts : Artdaily

The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday said two Swiss journalists had been "stopped for questioning" after the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi last week but declined to confirm their arrest. The statement comes after Swiss public broadcaster...Show More Summary

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to open after 10 years

The opening comes a decade after France and the UAE agreed to a 30-year partnership initially reported to be worth $1.1 billion, including nearly half a billion dollars for the rights to the Louvre brand.

Two Journalists Covering Louvre Abu Dhabi Arrested And Held For Two Days Over Their Coverage

A reporter and cameraman for the Swiss public broadcaster RTS say they were arrested while taking images at an open-air market of migrant workers like those who built the museum. The pair were separated, blindfolded, and interrogated for up to ten hours at a time about the nature of their reporting on the migrants; their […]

Iraq investigating 'stolen artifacts' at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Iraqi government is investigating reports claiming stolen Iraqi antiquities are on display at the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, a high-level official in Baghdad said on Monday ('Iraq investigating 'stolen artifacts' at the...Show More Summary

Brand diplomacy: in Louvre, France hones soft power strategy

As empires fall, brands rise. No longer buoyed by Napoleonic empire-making and the power the French language once commanded, the French have honed new ways to exert cultural influence in … Click to Continue »

Swiss journalists detained, interrogated in Abu Dhabi

Two journalists working for Swiss broadcaster RTS held for 50 hours after covering the opening of the new Louvre museum.

Etihad Commemorates Louvre Abu Dhabi Opening With Incredible A380 Fly-By

For the past few years the Louvre Abu Dhabi has been under construction, and I'm excited to check it out the next time I'm in Abu Dhabi. I quite like Abu Dhabi -- I find it to be more "cultural" than Dubai, while still being very approachable. The...Show More Summary

On Show At The Louvre Abu Dhabi: Art, Power, and Exploitation

The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened this weekend, hailed by some as a bridge of cultural understanding, and condemned by others as a symbol of worker exploitation.

Louvre Abu Dhabi draws crowd as diverse as UAE

last weekArts : Artdaily

The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors to the public on Saturday, drawing thousands of visitors as cosmopolitan as the United Arab Emirates itself, a symbol of the Gulf nation?s ambitions on the global stage. Light streamed down from the vast domed ceiling, the open-air museum reminiscent of a traditional Arabic marketplace. Show More Summary

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President Macron opens Abu Dhabi Le Louvre, but can the museum bridge the widening gap between Western and Islamic culture?

The Louvre Isn’t Just a Museum. It’s a Power Tool.

Emmanuel Macron went to the Middle East this week to unveil the Louvre Abu Dhabi — and affirm France as a global power.

Abu Dhabi Louvre to bridge cultures as well as arts

When the Paris Louvre was brought to life in 1791, it was a public space for everyone which, the French parliament proclaimed, was intended to “bring together monuments to all the sciences and arts". Now its Arabian namesake, 6700 kilometres to the east in the desert metropolis of Abu Dhabi, has a similar mission. Show More Summary

Macron tours French naval base in Abu Dhabi near new Louvre

French President Emmanuel Macron is touring a French naval base in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. A military band played "La Marseillaise" and an honor guard met Macron … Click to Continue »

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