Louvre Abu Dhabi: When architecture becomes art

The opening next year of the Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to be the most talked-about event in the world cultural calendar.

For some of us at The National it will also mark the end of a remarkable journey, following the construction of the first museum of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District from a patch of empty sand to the completed vision of the architect, Jean Nouvel.

The photographs here are part of a collaboration between The National and the Tourism Development & Investment Company, the Government entity building the museum.

Now entering its third year, this agreement has given The National and its readers a unique insight into the construction of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, an astonishing combination of brilliant engineering and breathtaking design.

Just how much has been accomplished can be seen in a new exhibition now open at the Volvo Ocean Race village on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche Breakwater.

Featuring photographs and articles from The National’s Making of a Museum series, the exhibition also includes video, an Instagram competition with prizes and the opportunity to take home a free souvenir photograph on Thursdays and Fridays.

The exhibition is open at the Volvo Ocean Race village from noon to 9pm Sunday to Wednesday and 11am to midnight on Thursday and weekends until January 3. Admission is free.


Published: December 21, 2014 04:00 AM


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