I should start this post about my trip to the Abu Dhabi Louvre by stating that I am not an art aficionado. When it comes to tourist attractions I am more interested in historic buildings, science or wine tasting. However, the Louvre is a new a attraction friends told us it was very good. So we decided to visit.
I expected the Abu Dhabi Louvre to be filled with paintings by various famous artists. There were some famous paintings but the first part of the gallery seemed more about history with a focus on art. So there was a much wider collection of art which include mosaics, sculptures, tapestries and of course some paintings.
The art gallery’s stated aim is for you to see humanity in a new light. For me it felt a bit like a history of art with a focus on items with a link to the UAE, the Arabic world and Islam. For example the collection included beautiful plates and serving dishes dating to Islamic Spain which continued to be used after Muslim rule declined. There was also a collection of religious texts from the main religions. It was very interesting to see the different approaches and books reflecting differences in religion, culture and available technology.
After going through the main art galleries the doors bring you outside where you can see the dome and appreciate how close the gallery is to the sea. I only realised later that this provides access to the restaurant and cafe. It would have been a good time to stop because I could feel my sugar levels starting to drop. Also once you cross this space you can see how close the Louvre is to the sea.
After enjoying being outside and the fresh air for a few minutes we headed back inside to another part of the gallery. This is for the temporary exhibitions. The one we went to was titled “Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani and Co (1900 – 1939). These were my favorite picture from this exhibition and the whole gallery.
So if you visit the Abu Dhabi Louvre and expect to see lots of paintings then you will be disappointed. Still there are plenty of places you can go for that. The Abu Dhabi Louvre is better for insights into the UAE version of art and an art gallery. For many will I am sure be much more interesting if you have got as far as visiting Abu Dhabi.