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My UAE Chronicles: Talking Art – Louvre Abu Dhabi

on September 8, 2015

August 21, 2009.

Talking Art: Louvre Abu Dhabi is an event that has been conceived to celebrate the continuing development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi project. Its objective is to present the principal architectural and cultural aspects of the project.

Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of the five iconic cultural institutions within the Saadiyat Island Cultural District development. A universal museum for the 21st century, this program of tours and events reveal the spirit and concept of Louvre Abu Dhabi for the first time.

I remember the first time I saw the actual Madonna and Child of Bellini. I told myself I could die right there and then. I could not believe that it was really happening. That I was staring, and at the same time admiring, the very same painting which I only saw in art books and slides in my art class. It was really in front of me and I was just filled with awe right that very moment.

It's me! :D

It’s me! 😀

Giovanni Bellini (Venice, 1430-Venice, 1516) Madonna & Child Venice, circa 1480-1485 Oil on panel

Giovanni Bellini
(Venice, 1430-Venice, 1516)
Madonna & Child
Venice, circa 1480-1485
Oil on panel

I have asked my friend’s parents, Tito Manny and Tita Olga, together with my flatmates to go with me to the exhibition. They said ‘yes’ in an instant. This was my second time to attend an art exhibit at the Emirates Palace. The first time was the Picasso Exhibit, which is another chronicle for me to tell. 😀

Here are some of the photos from the exhibition. I only took these photos from the brochure they provided since it was not allowed to take pictures inside.

Black Figures Amphora Greece, circa 520 BC Ceramic Attributed to the Antimenes Painter (2nd half of the 6th century BC)

Black Figures Amphora
Greece, circa 520 BC
Ceramic
Attributed to the Antimenes Painter
(2nd half of the 6th century BC)

“Sosibios” Vase
Athens, circa 50 BC
Marble
Musee du Louvre, Dept. of Greek, Etruscan & Roman Antiquities — at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi.

Head of Buddha North China (from Henan to Shandong), Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577 AD) White marble

Head of Buddha
North China (from Henan to Shandong), Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577 AD)
White marble

Standing Bodhisattva (Maitreya) Gandhara region (present Pakistan), perhaps Takht-Bahi or Sahri-Bahlol, 2nd-3rd century AD Schiste

Standing Bodhisattva
(Maitreya)
Gandhara region (present Pakistan), perhaps Takht-Bahi or Sahri-Bahlol, 2nd-3rd century AD
Schiste

Lamp inscribed with the name of Sultan Hassan Egypt, 1347-1361 Glass, blown, enameled and gilded Loan from the Musee du Louvre, Dept. of Islamic Art, former Spitzer collection

Lamp inscribed with the name of Sultan Hassan
Egypt, 1347-1361
Glass, blown, enameled and gilded
Loan from the Musee du Louvre, Dept. of Islamic Art, former Spitzer collection

Christ showing his wounds Bavaria or Austria, circa 1515 Limewood, polychrome

Christ showing his wounds
Bavaria or Austria, circa 1515
Limewood, polychrome

Jean-Francois de Troy (Paris, 1679-Rome, 1752) Esther fainting before Ahaseurus Paris, 1730 Oil on canvas

Jean-Francois de Troy
(Paris, 1679-Rome, 1752)
Esther fainting before Ahaseurus
Paris, 1730
Oil on canvas

Bartolome Esteban Murillo (Seville, 1617-Seville, 1682 Jacob's Dream Seville (Spain), circa 1665 Oil on canvas

Bartolome Esteban Murillo
(Seville, 1617-Seville, 1682
Jacob’s Dream
Seville (Spain), circa 1665
Oil on canvas

Edouard Manet The Bohemian Paris, 1861-1862 Oil on canvas

Edouard Manet
The Bohemian
Paris, 1861-1862
Oil on canvas

Vessel depicting the Feast of Cupid and Psyche Urbino (Italy), 1541 Earthenware

Vessel depicting the Feast of Cupid and Psyche
Urbino (Italy), 1541
Earthenware

Tsonga Headrest Zambia, 2nd half of the 19th century Wood

Tsonga Headrest
Zambia, 2nd half of the 19th century
Wood

Paul Cezanne Rocks near the caves above Chateau Noir Aixen-Provence, circa 1904 Oil on canvas Paris, Musee d'Orsay

Paul Cezanne
Rocks near the caves above Chateau Noir
Aixen-Provence, circa 1904
Oil on canvas
Paris, Musee d’Orsay

This is how the Louvre Abu Dhabi will look once the construction is done.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi

After our so-called art appreciation experience, Tito Manny treated us for a cup of coffee at the nearest coffee shop.

With Cher

With Cher

Tita Olga and Tito Manny

Tita Olga and Tito Manny

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The coffee shop

The coffee shop

With my flatmates, Cher & Khendz

With my flatmates, Cher & Khendz

My cappuccino

My cappuccino

Going home :)

Going home 🙂

On our way home, I also took photos of the light decorations on the street, celebrating the Ramadan holidays.

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