GLOSS Volume 1, Issue 5 - 2018 - Page 75

From here, museum-goers traverse through history setting sights upon ancient statues and texts before reaching more contemporary takes on arts like abstract and surrealism. Louvre Abu Dhabi is also home to a number of site-specific works installed in the outdoor areas by contemporary artists Jenny Holzer and Giuseppe Penone. The former created three engraved stone walls named For Louvre Abu Dhabi (2017), citing important historical texts from Ibn Khaldun›s Muqaddimah, the Mesopotamian bilingual (Akkadian/ Sumerian) Creation Myth tablet, and the 1588 annotated edition of Michel de Montaigne›s Les Essais. The latter, on the other hand, produced Leaves of Light (2017), a vast bronze tree with mirrors placed in its branches as well as Propagation (2017). This is a wall of porcelain tiles that depict hand-drawn concentric circles originating from the fingerprint of Sheikh Zayed, the UAE’s Founding Father. It was produced in collaboration with the workshops of Sèvres – Cité de la céramique in France. In addition to the galleries, the museum also houses a Children’s Museum, a restaurant, a boutique and a café, and will also be playing host to revolving exhibitions, two of which - From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone and Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir-faire - launched last month.