Autumn 2018

Art & Auctions
Louvre Collection Expands

There is more to see and admire in Louvre Abu Dhabi now, following the museum’s exceptional new acquisitions and loans.

Louvre Abu Dhabi has unveiled 11 new acquisitions in its permanent galleries and 40 new loans including ancient, modern and contemporary masterpieces from around the world. The new acquisitions will join the 657 artworks on display at the museum.

The new acquisitions in Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection include:

• An albarello decorated with fleurs-de-lys from Syria or Egypt (14th-15th CE);

• A Three Medallion Mamluk carpet from Egypt (late 15thC CE);

• A rare Ottoman horse armour (15-16th CE) of the Imperial Ottoman arsenal in Istanbul, one of less than 20 known Ottoman horse armours to date;

• A Mamluk bowl from Egypt or Syria (late 13th or early 14th CE);

• A 175-cm Avalokiteshvara Buddhist sculpture from China (11-12th CE);

• Four tapestries depicting The Hunts of Maximilian from an original drawing by Bernard van Orley from France (1665-1674);

•  A Japanese Samurai armour (18th CE) bearing the crests of the 4th Lord Nabeshima;

• A rare conical helmet from Mongolia or China (13th -14th CE);

• A Phoenix-headed ewer from the Tang Dynasty, China (8th CE);

• A rock crystal knife with a jewelled parrot from India (ca. 1600);

• A jewelled katar dagger from India (18th CE) inlaid with 481 rubies and almost 100 emeralds;

New masterpieces from Louvre Abu Dhabi’s regional cultural institutions and 13 French partner museums will join the 300 loans on display.

A major rehang of the final permanent galleries will bring works from modern and contemporary masters including: Emile Bernard’s Woman smoking a tambac (1900), Vincent van Gogh’s The dance hall in Arles (1888) and Claude Monet’s Madame Louis Joachim Gaudibert (1868) from Musée d’Orsay; Francis Picabia’s Animal trainer (1923), Man Ray’s Suicide (1926) and Henri Matisse’s Reader on black background (1939) from Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou. New loans also include Joseph Aved’s Full length portrait of Mehmet Said Pasha, bey of Rumelia (1742) from Château de Versailles, and Dje(m) al-ed-din Mohammed ibn Mohammed el Hachimi el-Mecki’s Arab celestial globe (1573) from Mecca on loan from Bibliothèque nationale de France. Loans from regional institutions include Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Cabra (1981-82) from the collection of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

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