Textual artworks at Louvre Abu Dhabi

The showcase of new acquisitions will be divided into two displays: Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories - Al Qalam and Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories - Immortal Figures



Published: Fri 12 Jun 2015, 12:15 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:10 PM

Abu Dhabi —  Louvre Abu Dhabi will display its latest collection of Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories at Manarat Al Saadiyat from June 21 to August 30, ahead of its public opening. 

The showcase of new acquisitions will be divided into two displays: Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories - Al Qalam (June 21 – July 25) and Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories - Immortal Figures (July 28 – August 30).

Both presentations will include the Fayoum portrait, a fine example of an Egyptian funerary painting, that would traditionally have been placed on the face of a mummified body. Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories - Al Qalam, will explore the art of the written word, featuring a broad selection of textual artworks, including a Quran bifolio, miniatures, and a manuscript. Louvre Abu Dhabi Stories - Immortal Figures, is a celebration of sculptures from across the globe.

This selection will include a wooden carving Uli statue from New Ireland, PNG, a Nepalese gilt copper figure of Maitreya, and an Italian bust of Saint Peter Martyr — the artworks acquired in 2014.

Dr Celine Pouyat, senior project manager, Louvre Abu Dhabi, said : “The objects on display exemplify how artworks created by different civilisations can complement each another in their composition, style and representation.”

The museum will adopt a unique curatorial trail that moves away from the traditional compartmentalisation of artworks and artefacts by their geographical origins or traditional chronologies of art history. Instead, works from different cultures and civilisations will be shown side by side to highlight the similarities and differences in how common themes are explored. —Wam


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