Louvre Abu Dhabi holds first special exhibition From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone, exploring the history of France’s Musée du Louvre. The exhibition tells the story of the creation of the Musée du Louvre two centuries ago, when Europe’s first museums were founded to share access to magnificent royal collections with the public. Divided into three sections, the exhibition explores the royal collections at Versailles under Louis XIV, the Louvre as a palace for artists, and the creation of the Musée du Louvre.

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first special exhibition, From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone, will run until 7 April 2018.

From One Louvre to Another begins with Versailles in the late 17th century, showing how the royal collections were displayed in the gardens, the state apartments, and the king’s private apartment. Notable works displayed in this section will include Jean Garnier’s stunning oil painting Portrait of Louis XIV with the allegory of good government (1670-72), and the 1st-2nd century AD Roman statue, Diana of Versailles, formerly found in the grounds of the great palace.

From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone is curated by Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director, Musée du Louvre, and Juliette Trey, Curator, Prints and Drawings Department, Musée du Louvre.

Tickets for the museum cost 60 AED for general admission and 30 AED for visitors ages 13-22 and UAE education professionals. Free entry will apply to members of the museum’s loyalty programme, children under 13 years, ICOM or ICOMOS members, journalists, and guests with special needs as well as their companion.

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