The Louvre Abu Dhabi has been a cornerstone of arts and culture in the UAE and the Gulf at large since it opened three years ago today (November 11). From internationally renowned artists like Auguste Rodin to ancient funeral sets, their expansive collection of artefacts have brought thousands of tourists to the UAE capital.
On its momentous three-year anniversary today, we look at a few of the best ways to celebrate everything the museum has to offer.
Watch ‘The Pulse of Time’
To mark the occasion of their anniversary, the UAE landmark is releasing a short film, The Pulse of Time, which is a 40-minute audio-visual experience taking you through the story of human creativity through the artworks from the museum’s collection. The film is narrated in Arabic by Emirati actor and producer Saoud Al Kaabi, in English by actor Charles Dance and in French by Swiss actress Irene Jacob. Premiering on the museum’s YouTube channel tonight and will be available to stream for free on Louvre Abu Dhabi’s website the next day.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, along with NYU Abu Dhabi, will also host an online symposium on the future of museums from Monday, November 16 to Wednesday, November 18, touching base on the influence of the pandemic on representation in the arts and cultural institutions.
Try Yoga under the dome (and other adventures)
The Louvre Abu Dhabi has introduced an exciting new experience for wellness enthusiasts — Yoga under the dome on Tuesdays and Sundays. The 75-minute classes are to take place at 10:15am and 5pm in a breezy, open-plan layout with the sound of the waves while you do your Vinyasa Flow. The session itself costs AED 90 but also includes access to the museum’s permanent collections. Bookings to be launched soon on the website.
Other adventurous activities include Kayaking at the Louvre, which now offers a cool new sunrise session with your family and kids. The tours begin Fridays and Saturdays from 6am and cost AED 126 per person.
Take a virtual tour of the iconic permanent exhibits
Since the onset of the pandemic, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has evolved to accommodate new ways of bringing together works from across the ages and from diverse cultures. The permanent collections at the Louvre can be accessed at the museum or through the several online and digital museum tours that are available on their website. The virtual visitors are spoilt for choice from 5th century Phoenician relics to abstract canvases by Piet Mondrian and everything in between.
Apart from the virtual tours, The Louvre Abu Dhabi will be organising a digital symposium between November 16 and November 18- bringing together global thought leaders to address the future of museums and tackle issues of sustainability, race and the pandemic. The symposium is meant to focus on three main pillars: Collection, building/site and people.
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