The Louvre Abu Dhabi is ringing in its one-year anniversary this week with a string of musical performances and exhibitions that you won’t want to miss out on. Read on for our definitive guide to the jam-packed anniversary celebrations happening at the museum.
Emirati interdisciplinary designer Salem Al Mansoori will present an animated digital artwork titled Constellations in the museum’s entrance lobby. The piece will explore the algorithmic data of the museum’s visitors over the course of one year. Entry included with general admission ticket.
November 9 to 10
Directed by renowned performance poet Dorian Paul Rogers, the two-day event will feature seven spoken word poets performing from different galleries across the museum. The artists, which include Jayzus Zain and Qutouf Yahia from Sudan; Safwa Mohammed and Jorge Monterrosa from the United States; Chamma Al-Bastaki from the UAE; and Aathma Dious from India, and Danabelle Gutierrez from the Philippines, will perform a prose inspired by the vast artwork in the museum. Entry included with general admission ticket.
Dua Lipa live
The certified hitmaker is set to take the stage at the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s concert village exactly one year after the Abu Dhabi branch of the iconic Parisian museum cut its ribbon. Her appearance means that those who missed the opportunity to attend her jam-packed UAE gig last year can catch the singer belt out some of her biggest hits such as New Rules, One Kiss, and Be the One, on November 11. The 23-year-old chart-topper’s first stint in the UAE came in February last year when she performed in the Emirati capital to a sold out crowd at du Forum on Yas Island. Tickets for Dua Lipa are AED 200 with free entry to the museum from 2pm – 6pm. The doors of the concert village will open from 6pm.
On the Roads of Arabia
Commissioned by the Abu Dhabi export of the iconic Parisian museum to coincide with the exhibition “Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia,” this 75-minute musical performance features 80 musicians, singers, and dancers from across the Arab world and beyond, including Iraqi singer Farida Mohamed Ali, Indian folk musician Ghewar Khan, and a Moroccan all-female troupe, led by Rahoum Bekkali. The performance will explore dance, music, and poetry from across the Arabian Peninsula at the Louvre Abu Dhabi Auditorium Plaza. Tickets are AED 150. The doors open at 8pm.
Japanese Connections: The Birth of Modern Décor
Until November 24
This international exhibition, which was meant to end on November 14, has been extended by 10 days. It is showcasing 19th and 20th-century paintings, prints, and folding screens, and explores the influence that Japanese print-making had on French painters. Entry included with general admission ticket.
Until January 5
Also tracing the vast influence of Japanese culture is Manga lab, an arcade-slash-exhibition geared towards young adults and teenagers. This exhibit, which is accompanying Japanese Connections, will present retro arcade video games in conjunction with an “expression wall”, free masterclasses where guests get to dream up their own anime characters and customize t-shirts with Japanese scripts, as well as explore modern day manga, which can be read at the space’s chill-out lounge. Entry included with general admission ticket.