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
empleofapelles: evacuation of the Louvre during WWII. Venus de Milo.
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.
"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 […]
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.
"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 […]
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 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.
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 […]
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
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 »
Two journalists working for Swiss broadcaster RTS held for 50 hours after covering the opening of the new Louvre museum.
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
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.
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
President Macron opens Abu Dhabi Le Louvre, but can the museum bridge the widening gap between Western and Islamic culture?
Emmanuel Macron went to the Middle East this week to unveil the Louvre Abu Dhabi — and affirm France as a global power.
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
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 »