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Louvre Abu Dhabi to unveil new collection this fall

Exhibition will run from October 3, 2012 to June 26, 2013

Image Credit: Courtesy: Louvre Abu Dhabi
Artworks such as this of a Roman emperor will complement the universal narrative of the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum.
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Abu Dhabi: Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced that its new acquisitions will be unveiled in public during the second edition of Louvre Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series in October.

Happening from October 3 to June 26 next year, the Talking Art Series will include a rich programme of public events detailing the significance of individual works both in art historical terms and in the context of the museum’s growing collection.

“We are pleased to share with the public the vast array of works acquired for Louvre Abu Dhabi, and allow for them to experience and interact with the museum’s content as we shape its collection and prepare for the opening,” Shaikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of TCA Abu Dhabi, said.

The new acquisitions in the upcoming series include a standing Bactrian Princess from the end of the third millennium BC, a beautifully preserved pavement and fountain ensemble dating from the early Ottoman period and Paul Gauguin’s masterpiece Breton Boys Wrestling from 1888, to name a few.

The series also includes a photography collection and is, including Joseph Girault de Prangey’s Ayoucha, the most ancient known photographic representation of a veiled woman.

“The art works have been carefully acquired and complement the universal narrative of the museum, representing world civilisations and important artistic periods across time,” Shaikh Sultan said.

The series will of lectures will open up a public discourse into the museum’s narrative and collection ahead of its opening in 2015. The lectures will be organised jointly by TCA Abu Dhabi, Agence France-Muséums and the Ecole du Louvre.

“The Talking Art Series are an essential step in building awareness of the future museum and its collection, enriched by new, exceptional acquisitions,” said Henri Loyrette, President-Director of the Louvre Museum.

Louvre Abu Dhabi will have another exhibition in April 2013 titled Birth of a Museum. A version of the exhibition will also be shown in Paris at the Louvre Museum.