That cultural oasis shimmering in the Persian Gulf is no mirage: After five years of delays, the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum opens tomorrow, November 11. With a permanent collection that ranges from a Bronze Age Bactrian princess sculpture to twenty-first-century pieces from artists such as Cy Twombly and loans from 13 French museums, itâ€™s the first of its kind in the Arab world.
The museumâ€™s biggest showpiece might be itself: a collection of 55 whitewashed buildings built in dry dock on site, then flooded to appear like a floating medina on the sea. Even its roof is a work of art, with eight layers of metalwork meticulously arranged to createÂ 7,850 sunbeams that track across the courtyard in a â€œrainâ€� of light â€“ an effect amplified by mirrors on the branches of Italian artist Giuseppe Penoneâ€™s 52-foot-tall bronze tree, Leaves of Light.
All photos by Mohamed Somji.
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