Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhab

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Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel as a ‘museum city’ on the sea, the Louvre Abu Dhabi consists of a group of white buildings reminiscent of the Arab Medina and low-lying Arab settlements. Two thirds of the museum will be covered by a white dome with geometric openings inspired by palm leaves traditionally used as roofing material, which will control the light and temperature inside.

The museum will display both permanent artworks and loans from Musée du Louvre and other French cultural institutions. Announced masterpieces on loan include Leonardo da Vinci’s “La Belle Ferronnière” (1495-1499) and “Statue of the King Ramessess II” (1279 - 1213 BCE) from the Louvre, Vincent van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait” (1887) from Musée d’Orsay, Jacques-Louis David’s “Napoléon Bonaparte, First Consul, Crossing the Alps at Mont Saint-Bernard, on May 20 1800” (1803) from Château de Versailles, and Henri Matisse’s “Still Life with a Magnolia” (1941) from Centre Pompidou.

Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi
Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi, slated for inauguration sometime this year, Louvre Abu Dhabi )