All you need to know about the upcoming exhibitions at Louvre Abu Dhabi


The five major exhibitions mark the start of the upcoming 2023-2034 cultural season

What’s not to Louvre about the wonderful line-up of art exhibitions in Abu Dhabi?

The iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced five new major exhibitions over the course of its upcoming 2023-2024 cultural season, starting this summer.

The exhibitions this season are titled, Letters of Light; Cartier, Islamic Inspiration and Modern Design; Picturing the Cosmos; Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2023; Fables from East and West: from Kalila wa Dimna to the Fables of La Fontaine.

The upcoming exhibitions will further the museum’s mission to showcase stories of artistic and cultural connections around the globe, as well as provide a platform for local and regional artists to showcase their talent.

Additionally, visitors can explore a range of cultural programming and events, such as performances, masterclasses, health and wellness offerings, curatorial talks, and more.

Watch this space for more information!


Picturing the Cosmos, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Children’s Museum

18 July 2023 – June 2025

This latest ‘edutaining’ exhibition is designed to take children on a journey through the infinity of space via its various representations in art across time and cultures.

If you’ve ever wondered ‘Why have humans always been fascinated by the cosmos? ‘and ‘How has the sky been a source of inspiration and imagination through ages?’ – you’ll get all your answers right here!

The children will embark on a mission to develop their observational and analytical skills needed to become a space explorer. Don’t miss out!


Letters of Light

13 September 2023 – 14 January 2024

Held in partnership with Bibliothèque nationale de France and France Muséums, the Letters of Light exhibition will spotlight the Holy Books of the three Abrahamic religions – the Quran, the Christian Bible (Old and New Testaments) and the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh).

The exhibition will explore the historical context in which the holy books emerged, their associated scholarly, talismanic, and mystical practices and their essential role in intellectual and artistic history.

There will be an emphasis on the universal nature of the biblical, evangelical, and Quranic messages and the ethical dimension they possess by highlighting episodes and figures in common.

Cartier, Islamic Inspiration and Modern Design

15 November 2023 to 24 March 2024

Co-organized with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Musée du Louvre, France Muséums, with the support of Cartier, this exhibition was initially conceived and co-organised by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs titled Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity.

The exhibition will highlight the influence of the Islamic arts on Cartier’s design from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. With over 500 pieces presented, explore everything from jewellery and masterpieces of Islamic art to drawings, books, photographs, and archival documents.


Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here 2023

21 November 2023 – February 2024

Louvre Abu Dhabi and Swiss watchmaking brand Richard Mille will hold the third edition of Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here exhibition and the accompanying Richard Mille Art Prize.

The theme this time around is Transparencies and will be curated by Maya El Khalil.

Taking place outdoors and under the dome for the first time, Art Here 2023 will provide artists the opportunity to present their work within one of the most extraordinary museum settings.

Of course, one will emerge as winner of the prestigious Richard Mille Art Prize. If you love watching the best at work, this is one exhibition you have to attend.


Fables from East and West: from Kalila wa Dimna to the Fables of La Fontaine

20 March 2024 – 14 July 2024

We’ve all grown up loving the literary genre of animal fables, and here’s your chance to re-explore that world.

First originated in India and Greece in the first century BCE, the same was spearheaded by Ibn al-Muqaffa‘ in the Arab-Islamic world and Aesop in the Greco-Roman world.

Organised in partnership with Bibliothèque nationale de France and France Muséums, Fables from East and West will examine the roots and evolution of this genre through a showcase of illustrated manuscripts, paintings, contemporary works and more.

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