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Birth of a Universal Museum:
Louvre Abu Dhabi

The exhibition Birth of a Museum presents exceptional works from the collection of Louvre Abu Dhabi, for the first time in Paris. Showcasing the art of the greatest world civilizations, from early history to the contemporary scene, the selected works highlight the universal scope of the new museum, scheduled to open in December 2015.

We invite you to take this opportunity to discover Louvre Abu Dhabi: its rich collections, Jean Nouvel's extraordinary architectural setting, and the cultural aims and museography defining  this unprecedented venture.

Birth of a Museum offers a preview of the collection of Louvre Abu Dhabi, including a Bactrian "Princess" statuette, a gold bracelet with figures of lions made in Iran almost 3,000 years ago, a rare Archaic Greek figure of a female sphinx, a large bodhisattva from Pakistan, an Italian gold brooch (fibula) encrusted with garnets dating from the fifth century AD, a magnificent Madonna and Child by Giovanni Bellini, paintings by Jordaens, Caillebotte, Manet, Gauguin, and Magritte, a Picasso paper collage never before seen in public, and nine canvases by the recently deceased American painter Cy Twombly.

Discover the exhibition in pictures.

Louvre Abu Dhabi: Birth of a collection

Over 160 works acquired by Louvre Abu Dhabi – never seen before in France – will go on show in Paris from May 2 to July 28, 2014. This collection celebrates dialogue between civilizations, in a spirit of universality and humanism.


Images of the Louvre Abu Dhabi project © Ateliers Jean NOUVEL; cliché © TDIC Image


Exhibition tour: Birth of a Museum

Discover the exhibition Birth of a Museum – plan ahead for your trip to the Louvre, or explore the works on show if you are unable to visit in person.

Practical information

Exhibition at the Musée du Louvre   
From May 2, 2014 to 28 July, 2014     

Opening hours
Daily except Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 5.45 p.m.
Night opening on Wednesday and Friday until 9.45 p.m.     

Exhibition only: €13    
Combined ticket (permanent collections + Birth of a Museum): €16      
Free admission for under-18s, job-seekers, Louvre card-holders (Jeunes, Enseignants, Professionnels, Étudiants Partnenaires, and Amis du Louvre/Friends of the Louvre)      

Further information 
+33 (0) 1 40 40 53 17  


Images: Actarus Films -Louis-Pascal Couvelaire, Ivan Rousseau
Directed and edited by: Patrick Ladoucette         
Production: PACEM Musée du Louvre            
In association with the Tourism Development & Investment Company and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
© Musée du Louvre 2014                                     
Films produced for the exhibition organized by the Musée du Louvre and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.


In media partnership with Le Figaro, France Inter, RFI, France 24, Monte Carlo Doualiya, CNN International.


Audio Guide

Artwork captions

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Louvre Abu Dhabi: Birth of a Museum


Available in:
French (€45)
English (€49)
Arabic (€65)



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