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Birth of a Museum. Louvre Abu Dhabi


Louvre Abu Dhabi is unveiling the best of its new collection for the first time in France; more than one hundred and sixty of the finest masterpieces already acquired by the UAE museum will be presented in May in Paris, during a major exhibition entitled "Birth of a Museum".
Louvre Abu Dhabi, which will be opening in December 2015, will be the first universal museum created in the Middle East, a region at the crossroads of civilizations. Its collection of old and contemporary works from different countries has been gradually growing since 2009 with each new acquisition. The exhibition will enable the French public to get a preview of the cultural wealth of the collection of the future museum and also to grasp the architectural and cultural project.

The Winged Victory of Samothrace at the top of the Daru staircase Louvre Museum, Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities

Conservation treatment of the Winged Victory of Samothrace and its monumental staircase


The great project to conserve the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Daru staircase where it is showcased will start on September 3, 2013. It will last over a year and a half and entail an exceptional spatial rearrangement; the Winged Victory will not be visible to the public from September 3, 2013 to Summer 2014. This major undertaking, with a budget of four million euros, has received the support of Nippon Television Holdings, F. Marc de Lacharrière (Fimalac) and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project, with a contribution of three million euros. The Louvre Museum wishes to open the possibility for all to contribute to this ambitious project through the “Tous mécènes !” (All Donors!) campaign, in order to raise the remaining one million euros necessary to complete the project.

Daru staircase. Winged Victory of Samothrace

New donation campaign for the restoration of the Winged Victory of Samothrace


The great conservation project for the Winged Victory of Samothrace begins in September 2013. The Louvre launches a new campaign “Tous mécènes !” (All Donors!) on September 3, day on which the monument will be removed from the public eye. The goal will be to raise one million euros before the end of the year to help the Museum restore in entirety the monument’s splendour.

Donatello (Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi; Florence vers 1386-1466). Deux “Spiritelli” (de la Cantoria du Dôme), 1439

The Springtime of the Renaissance. Sculpture and the Arts in Florence, 1400-1460


Following upon major exhibitions devoted to masters of the High Renaissance—Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael—The Springtime of the Renaissance deals with the genesis of this major artistic and cultural movement, which first arose in Florence in the early years of the fifteenth century. Sculpture, an essential aspect of this rebirth, is the central focus of this exhibition. Some 140 works are presented, including several monumental ones, grouped into ten thematic sections. In addition to sculptures, the exhibition also features paintings, drawings, manuscripts, silver and gold pieces, and tin-glazed earthenware (majolicas).

Between land and sea. The extraordinary bestiary of the Roman mosaic of Lod


Remarkably conserved, this great mosaic was discovered in Lod in 1996 during the construction of a highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. This unique pavement, decorating the floor of a house, presents abundant animal life inserted into geometric patterns. Presented in the majestic setting of the cour du Sphinx, in close proximity to the new spaces devoted to the Eastern Mediterranean Provinces of the Roman Empire, the Mosaic of Lod is exceptionally displayed at the Louvre Museum before returning to Lod and to the museum, currently under construction, that will house it.

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