The Louvre is universal both in terms of the wealth of its collections and the great diversity of its visitors. Of the nearly ten million people who visited the Louvre in 2012, 69 percent were of overseas origin, with 15 percent from the United States of America, 7 percent from China, and 6 percent from Brazil. To adapt to the diverse nature of this public, the Louvre continually strives for greater accessibility.
Louvre Abu Dhabi’s museum galleries tell the story of humanity in twelve inspiring chapters. Each chapter focuses on shared themes and ideas that reveal common connections throughout humanity. The works on show range from prehistoric artefacts to contemporary artworks. The art on show comes from the museum’s collection alongside many masterpieces on loan from some of the most world-renowned French museums.
Louvre Abu Dhabi invites visitors to see humanity in a new light
Although the MuCEM was inaugurated in Marseille in 2013, its origins actually date back to the 19th century. Today, it manages an original, composite collection, mainly made up of more than 250,000 objects, 350,000 photographs, 200,000 posters, prints and postcards, and 150,000 works, that it continues to enrich through an acquisitions policy that is open to Mediterranean subjects, from the Neolithic to contemporary art.
The history of the museum, of its building is quite unusual. In the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, the museum was installed in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. So the building itself could be seen as the first “work of art” in the Musee d’Orsay, which displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914.
It was at the 1889 Exposition Universelle, the date that marked the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, that a great competition was launched in the Journal Officiel.
A universal Tower of Babel, almost 300 million visitors regardless of age or origin have come from all over the planet to see it since its opening in 1889
At that the crossroads between earth, life and human sciences, the museum focuses on nature and its relationship with the humanb race on a daily basis, and has done so for almost 400 years. The Muséum is stepped in history, yet at the heart of current affairs, and is also working for the future….
The Centre open to visitors and run nearly 100 national monuments belonging to the State and distributed throughout whole country: the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, the Château d’Angers and the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, the castle and ramparts of Carcassonne, the Arc de Triomphe and the Sainte-Chapelle, to but name a few. The CMN aims to make these monuments accessible to the greatest number of people, particularly from priority groups (living far away from institutional culture or with disabilities), and to contribute to the artistic and cultural education policy, in particular by receiving many school audiences.
The Palace of Versailles has been listed as a World Heritage Site for 30 years and is one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art. Louis XIII’s old hunting pavilion was transformed and extended by his son, Louis XIV, when he installed the Court and government there in 1682. A succession of kings continued to embellish the Palace up until the French Revolution.
Today the Palace contains 2,300 rooms spread over 63,154 m2.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation is an art museum and cultural center sponsored by the group LVMH and its subsidiaries.
The art museum opened in October 2014. The building was designed by the architect Frank Gehry, and is adjacent to the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne.
More than 1 400,000 people visited the Louis Vuitton Foundation in 2017
The Arab World Institute Museum – which was entirely redesigned and reorganised in 2012 – invites visitors to discover the Arab world from a different perspective and goes beyond stereotypes, by presenting all the diversity of its cultures, ethnicities, languages, and confessions, from its origins to the present day.