New Exhibitions to Open at Louvre Abu Dhabi


From One Louvre to Another – 21st December 2017 to 7th April 2018

This exhibition tells the fascinating stories of the origins of the Musée du Louvre: from the royal collections of Louis XIV, displayed in the gardens and royal apartments in the palace of Versailles, to the pioneering artists’ studios and workshops of the Louvre in Paris, and finally to the museum’s grand opening to the public following the political upheaval of the French Revolution.

This is Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first temporary exhibition and includes 150 masterpieces from the Château de Versailles and the Louvre’s earliest collections, including painting, sculpture, furniture and ceramics gathered from across the world.

The exhibition is curated by Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre, and Juliet Trey, curator of seventeenth and eighteenth-century drawings and prints.

Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir-faire –

21st December 2017 to 25 March 2018

In addition, Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir-faire, which is part of the Emirati-French Cultural Program established by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Ministry of Culture and Communication, and the Institut français in January 2016, will also open on 21 December, at Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Forum. The display features four contemporary works of art of different media created by UAE-based artists in collaboration with renowned French manufacturers.

With a view to a mutual inspiration, the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres opened its doors to Talin Hazbar to work on ceramics. The manufacturing company of Beauvais embarked upon collaboration with Khalid Shafar, around the art of weaving. The luxury glassware firm of Saint-Just teamed up with Zeinab Alhashemi. The MTX Broderie Architecturale engaged with Vikram Divecha.

Mark Bradford to launch Hauser

& Wirth’s Hong Kong gallery

After a critically acclaimed Venice Biennale presentation this summer and his largest site-specific work to date, unveiled at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC last month, the Los Angeles artist is creating a new body of work for the opening of Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong in March. Bradford seems to be winning over collectors in Asia, as well as in the US. At Art Basel in Miami Beach earlier this month, the gallery quickly reported the sale of a monumental 2017 triptych by the artist, priced at $5m.

The new cutting-edge gallery will occupy the 15th and 16th floors of the building designed by William Lim of CL3, joining galleries including David Zwirner, Pace and Pearl Lam. Art world architect-du-jour Annabelle Selldorf, who has overseen the renovation of six Hauser & Wirth galleries in Zurich, London, New York, Los Angeles and Somerset, has designed the new 10,000 sq. ft space.

Gilberto Zorio at Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy

“Gilberto Zorio” is on view at Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy, through Sunday, February 18. The solo exhibition, curated by Marcella Beccaria, presents historic and recent work by the Italian artist, who is known for his affiliation with the Arte Povera movement.

Signs, Symbols and Shared Languages

is an upcoming exhibition that

Alserkal Programming and UAE Unlimited will bring to Concrete from 5 March - 1 April 2018.

Curated by Karim Sultan, the exhibition will feature new works by 10 UAE-based artists, in addition to loaned works by guest artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian. The selected artists for the 2018 edition of UAE Unlimited are Amna Al Dabbagh, Cheb Moha, Chndy, Dina Khorchid, Farah Al Qasimi, Flounder Lee, Nasir Nasrallah, Saba Qizilbash, Salem Al Mansoori, and Shaikha Al Ketbi.

New York City Grants $40.3 M.

to Arts Organizations in Largest

Allowance for Cultural Development Fund

The Cultural Development Fund of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs has received its largest-ever allocation of financial resources from the city, amounting in $40.3 million to help support public programming at nearly 950 institutions. The grant money includes funding for the city’s CreateNYC cultural plan, which Mayor Bill de Blasio initiated in 2015 to be the first comprehensive plan of its kind to address the needs of institutions in each of New York’s five boroughs and to devise “a roadmap to guide the future of arts and culture in NYC.”

-Compiled by Mariam Nihal