Louvre Abu Dhabi announces cultural programme for 2018/19 season

Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced its first full season of programming for the 2018/19 season under the theme World of Exchanges, as it prepares to celebrate its first anniversary.

International exhibitions will include Japanese Connections: The Birth of Modern Décor (6 September – 24 November 2018), which explores links between Japanese aesthetics and modern French decorative arts; Roads of Arabia (8 November 2018 – 16 February 2019), the acclaimed exhibition exploring the archaeological and cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula; Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: The Leiden Collection and the musée du Louvre (14 February – 14 May 2019) presenting 17th century masterpieces by Rembrandt and artists of his time; and Opening the Album of the World (25 April – 30 July 2019) in collaboration with Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, tracing early photographic methods from around the globe.

HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, explains, “Louvre Abu Dhabi’s new season, A World of Exchanges, will offer visitors an opportunity to engage with a diverse programme and new conversations about different civilisations and their connecting points. Louvre Abu Dhabi is Abu Dhabi’s gift to the world – a place where all cultures can find something that reminds them of home, showcasing the wide range of similarities that unite us, to be seen, experienced and enjoyed by all. The museum is the emblem of the city’s openness and reflects its local, regional and international communities.”

Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, adds, “As we approach Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first anniversary, a momentous milestone and a time where we reflect on our visitors to date, we are proud to launch our first full- year season.”

Louvre Abu Dhabi has opened a special space for teenagers and young adults to explore Japanese youth culture, from 6 September 2018 to 5 January 2019 called Manga Lab. The space, located in Louvre Abu Dhabi’s forum, offers a variety of entertaining experiences, including Japanese artworks brought to life through virtual reality, retro arcade gaming and workshops exploring the art of Manga and graphic comics.