After numerous delays, it seems that the Louvre Abu Dhabi finally has a set opening date. According to Vincent Noce of The Art Newspaper, sources have confirmed that the museum designed by Jean Nouvel will open its doors between 11 November and 2 December 2017. Ten years will have passed between the first mention of the museum and its inauguration.
According to Noce, construction of the building is almost finished and all that remains to be done is to test the security systems and its stability. The works that it will hold are to be transferred this summer. More than 300 loans from French museums will be transported to Abu Dhabi. The museum’s permanent collection alone numbers more than 700 objects. Vincent Noce states that the French museums organization is due to visit Abu Dhabi next month to show its support.
Many French museums have contributed to the collections of the Louvre Abu Dhabi: the Centre Pompidou, the Grand Palais and the musée d’Orsay among others. “Eventually”, explained Manuel Rabaté to Le Figaro in 2014, “the number of loans will diminish and the permanent collection will increase. That is the spirit of the intergovernmental agreement between Abu Dhabi and France”.
Last November the museum announced that the artists Jenny Holzer and Giuseppe Penone had been commissioned to create contemporary works to be installed. The two artists talked about the fact that monumental works could fit beneath the museum’s domed roof, which is designed to allow shafts of sunlight to filter through. The museum’s first visitors will be able to discover these works at the end of the year.