Exhibition From One Louvre to AnotherOpening a Museum for Everyone
from December 21, 2017 to April 7, 2018
Diane de Versailles,
© Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN - Grand Palais / Thierry Ollivier
The Louvre Abu Dhabi traces in its inaugural exhibition the history of the birth of the Musée du Louvre in Paris over two centuries ago. Through a selection of 150 artworks, hailing primarily from the Louvre and the Château de Versailles, “From One Louvre to Another” sheds light on the way in which a public collection is formed and provides insight into the decisive moment when viewing and studying artworks ceased to be the sole preserve of royalty and scholars.
The exhibition begins with Versailles in the late 17th century, showing how the royal collections were displayed in the gardens, the state apartments, and the king’s private apartment.
It then moves on to the Louvre palace, a great hive of artistic activity in the 18th century, home to artists’ studios, the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, and the Salon, a contemporary art exhibition that was held in the Salon Carré every other year.
During the 18th century, it became clear that the Louvre, dedicated to the arts, was the ideal location for a museum that would give an opportunity for everyone to study and view the royal collections. The exhibition thus concludes with the acquisitions and commissions made under Louis XVI for this future museum, which would finally open during the French Revolution, in 1793.
An epilogue evokes the transformation of the Louvre into a universal museum of the 19th century with the discovery of periods of history and civilizations little known in Europe at the time.
Head curator: Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre
Curator: Juliette Trey, Department of Prints and Drawings, Musée du Louvre
From December 21, 2017 to April 7, 2018
Louvre Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates