Louvre Abu Dhabi Attracted 1-M Visitors in 1st Year

Louvre Abu Dhabi Attracted 1-M Visitors in 1st Year

The art museum is reported to be unveiling the world’s most expensive painting for its anniversary celebrations

Art museum Louvre Abu Dhabi welcomed more than a million visitors in its 1st year, its owners said Saturday.

UAE residents made up 40% of the visitors at the cultural attraction, which was built in cooperation with the French government at a reported cost of $1.3-B, with Emirati nationals.

The other 60% were international visitors, led by France, Germany, , UK, the US, India and the GCC countries.

Indians, the UAE’s largest foreign resident and visitor group, were the Top Louvre guests by nationality overall.

The gallery attracted 5,000 members to its Art Club loyalty program, 1,000 school trips, 5,000 guided tours, workshops and master classes and 115 special events including a show by British pop star Dua Lipa to celebrate its 1-year anniversary on 11 November.

“Louvre Abu Dhabi’s vision is to celebrate cross-cultural connections that transcend geographies and civilizations, to see humanity in a new light,” Chairman of Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak.

“The diversity of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s audiences not only reflects Abu Dhabi’s multicultural society, but also illustrates how its ambition and universal narrative, which aim to create bridges between cultures and nurture dialogue between communities, appeal to many, from seasoned art enthusiasts to younger audiences and families.”

Since opening on 11 November last year, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has hosted a series of international exhibitions.

This Autumn it has also unveiled 11 new acquisitions and significant loans from 13 French partner institutions as well as regional and international museums.

The loans include Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronnière from Musée du Louvre and Whistler’s Portrait of the Artist’s Mother from Musée d’Orsay.

Reports indicated the gallery will unveil the world’s most expensive painting, Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, for its 1st anniversary after delaying the launch from September.

By Robert Anderson

Paul Ebeling, Editor

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