Announced in 2007, the Louvre Abu Dhabi's original opening date has been delayed since 2012. But now it's official—the branch of the famous Paris museum will open November 11. Here's a sneak peek at the destination.
Jean Nouvel, a Pritzker Prize-winning architect, designed the museum.
It will be "the first museum of its kind in the Arab world: a universal museum that focuses on shared human stories across civilizations and cultures," according to press materials. The museum's 590-foot dome, shown here, is comprised of nearly 8,000 unique metal stars arranged in a complex geometric pattern.
The "Rain of Light"
"The Louvre is the crown jewel of Paris, and so the Louvre Abu Dhabi is destined for such distinction in this part of the world," Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates's Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, told reporters at a press conference earlier this month.
The Paris Louvre's director, Jean-Luc Martinez, said of the delay, "I simply want to recall that it took 800 years for the Louvre to become the Louvre and it only took 10 years for another Louvre to be born in Abu Dhabi."
The museum overlooks the Persian Gulf.
There will be 23 permanent galleries and more than 600 exhibits. An inaugural exhibition, "From One Louvre to Another" (opening December 21), will focus on the history of Musée du Louvre in Paris, from the royal collections at Versailles under King Louis XIV to the residency of the Academy and Salons for artists in the palace to the creation of the modern museum.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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