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Louvre’s gallery says no limits on art

MORE than 600 artworks from around the world will go on display at the Louvre’s gallery in Abu Dhabi on November 11, a project that hopes to draw millions of visitors a year to the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

The waterfront gallery will display pieces from pre-history to the contemporary era. Besides Middle Eastern artifacts and paintings, artists such as Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso and Cy Twombly will also be exhibited.

French officials said no restrictions had been placed on art in the collection, which will include nude figures, Islamic and Christian art and representations of deities from Asia.

“We had a carte blanche for the acquisitions in all domains,” said Jean-Francois Charnier, scientific director of Agence France-Museums. “You have nude statues in the museum, contemporary paintings. You also have religious images from all religions. We will show, with a Chinese work and an Islamic one, the links, the consistencies, the similarities ... the objective is to show that in history there are more links and bridges than walls.”

Major pieces include an Egyptian funeral set from the 10th century BC, a 15th century depiction of Madonna and child by Giovanni Bellini and a 1878 Turkish painting, “A Young Emir Studying” by Osama Hamdy Bey.


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