Louvre Abu Dhabi has emerged as a distinctive cultural beacon in the Arab world, carving an identity separate from its illustrious French sibling. Renowned for its commitment to innovation, diversity, and collaboration, the museum weaves a tapestry of global art narratives. Dr. Guilhem André, currently serving as the Acting Scientific, Curatorial, and Collection Management, and having been with the museum since 2018, provides insights into his journey with the museum and its ongoing evolution.
Dr. Guilhem André
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A Universal Museum in the Arab World
Inaugurated in 2017, Louvre Abu Dhabi holds the distinction of being the Arab world's first universal museum. It seeks to showcase art spanning from antiquity to the contemporary era while promoting cross-cultural dialogue. "Our aim is to portray world civilizations, showcasing talent and beauty across different epochs and continents," articulates Dr. André.
Louvre Abu Dhabi’s plaza
© Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photography: Mohamed Somji
Embarking on a New Phase
Dr. André exudes enthusiasm discussing the inception of a fresh chapter for the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Over the years, he, alongside his team, has been instrumental in laying the museum's foundation. The focus now pivots to enhancing its content. A key objective is fostering research initiatives, acknowledging their vital role in a museum's progression.
The team also aspires to continually expand and refine their collections, aiming not for volume but for a curated array of masterpieces epitomizing global civilizations. Dr. André underscores the practice of periodically refreshing the semi-permanent galleries and organizing several major exhibitions annually. Integrating research amplifies the museum's capacity to delve into global art history.
Dr. André also emphasizes the need to extend the museum's global reach through publications and conferences. He hints at potentially activating the adjacent park and speaks of ongoing efforts to bolster the museum's staff through recruitment and training, while also looking forward to the rise of neighboring cultural institutions.
Fostering Global Partnerships
Louvre Abu Dhabi actively seeks international collaborations, partnering with institutions like the Ayala Museum in the Philippines and the Leeum Museum in Korea. Dr. André alludes to potential collaborations with Japanese museums, acknowledging Japan's rich artistic heritage.
He underscores the necessity of integrating Asian art into a universal narrative. "Our goal is to identify and connect the most compelling forms of art into the broader tapestry of global art history," he states.
The museum's commitment to inclusivity is evident in its multilingual approach, offering content in nine languages.
Evolving as a Cultural Epicenter
Situated on an island destined to host additional cultural institutions, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to become a linchpin in Abu Dhabi's cultural landscape. Dr. André's insights highlight the museum's dedication to constant evolution, international partnerships, and a substantial contribution to global art discourse.
Explore the dynamic, universal narrative of art at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, where each visit unravels a unique experience.
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