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Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi Shows Links Between Cultures

2017-09-10

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  • On November 11, the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum will open in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
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  • The museum is part of a project designed to appeal to millions of visitors every year.
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  • The waterfront museum will hold hundreds of pieces of art representing ancient and modern times around the world.
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  • It will include Middle Eastern objects and paintings, as well as works by Western artists.
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  • The Louvre in Paris, France is one of the most famous museums in the world.
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  • In 2007, France agreed to take part in a joint project to open an art museum in Abu Dhabi.
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  • French officials say the collection does not face any restrictions.
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  • Jean-Francois Charnier is the scientific director of Agence France-Museums.
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  • He said the museum organizers had complete freedom in making decisions about the art to present.
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  • "You have nude statues in the museum, contemporary paintings.
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  • You also have religious images from all religions," he said.
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  • The works will represent major periods of human development and will show connections between different cultures, Charnier said.
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  • "The objective," he said, "is to show that in history there are more links and bridges than walls."
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  • The museum has major pieces of art including a 15th century painting by Giovanni Bellini and a 19th century painting by Osama Hamdy Bey.
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  • The museum also has a 3000-year-old Egyptian funeral set.
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  • Famed French architect Jean Nouvel designed the museum.
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  • It is almost 100,000 square meters in size. It includes a series of white buildings under a huge, rounded steel top.
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  • The steel is cut in numerous places and shapes to let in daylight and produce beautiful shadows.
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  • French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen spoke at a news conference in which the museum opening was announced.
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  • "At a time when some forces are attacking history by destroying work, taking our heritage hostage, this is an essential act," she said.
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  • "It is civilization responding to barbarity."
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