The complete guide of the extraordinary collections of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the new-born universal museum by the French, Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel.
Like the museum, born on the Arabic peninsula but turned towards the entire world, Louvre Abu Dhabi publications will highlight masterpieces of many civilisations. This ensemble of books will showcase Louvre Abu Dhabi, a museum that will play an important role in the artistic discoveries, education and exchanges between peoples. As a unique reinterpretation of art history, these texts explore the mutual artistic influences that exist between cultures and throughout centuries. Louvre Abu Dhabi has been conceived as a “museum city” or Arabic “medina”, inspired by the world and for the world. It will be the first Arabic museum of a universal vocation, located in the Saadiyat Cultural District, conceived as a bridge to the future with the purpose of linking knowledge and civilisations.
Designed as a global art history handbook across the museum’s collections, The Guide will take the reader through a cross-cultural journey through the entire museum, gallery by gallery. The museum will be a place of dialogue between cultures and civilizations and it will offer a transversal vision of art history, spanning from the first villages to the first great powers, from civilisations and empires to universal religions, from Asian trade routes to the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, from cosmographies to modern art, modernity and the global scene.