The Louvre Abu Dhabi will host an exhibition of impressionist art – Life & Style

The Louvre Abu Dhabi will host one of the most important Impressionist exhibitions held outside France, reports The National.

“Impressionism: The Paths of Modernity”, which will be held in partnership with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, is scheduled to run from October 12 this year to February 5, 2023, with more than 150 masterpieces in the famous United Arab Emirates Art Museum.

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Prints, costumes, films and photographs will be on display, all exploring the subject of Impressionism, why it was considered controversial in the 19th century and how it paved the way for future artistic movements.

The exhibition will feature works by many revered Impressionist masters such as Manet, Degas, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir and Cézanne, as well as many other groundbreaking artists.

“London, Parliament, Sun in the Fog”, 1904, by Claude Monet.

“Born at a time of profound social, political and cultural upheaval, Impressionism was more than just an artistic rebellion,” reads the Louvre Abu Dhabi description of the exhibit.

“He saw some of the bravest and most visionary painters in history embracing and extolling new ways of seeing, doing art and living. They celebrated this exciting new reality, representing truthful observations of nature and modern life.

“The result was a fundamentally new and different kind of art, freed from artistic and academic conventions or traditions, whose radicalism, honesty and bravery continue to inspire artists to this day.”

This exhibition is part of four major international exhibitions held each year at the Universal Museum of Abu Dhabi which explores themes common to all of humanity.

Currently at the museum, an exhibit titled “Paper Stories” will run until July 24.

The exhibition focuses on a single material, with over 100 paper objects from around the world on display. Together, they retrace two millennia of intellectual, scientific and cultural exchanges. The works belong to and have been acquired from 16 museums, cultural institutions and private collections.

Under the aegis of the exhibition, ‘Under the wave of Kanagawa’ by Katsushika Hokusai (Japan, 1760-1849) is also presented.

Works include Katsushika Hokusai’s famous The Great Wave off Kanagawa, one of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s latest acquisitions and on display at the museum for the first time.

A 15th-century Holy Quran from Tunisia, engraved in silver ink on purple-tinted pages, is also on display.

The exhibition is curated by Xavier Salmon, General Curator and Director of the Drawings and Prints Department at the Louvre Museum, and Victor Hundsbuckler, Curator in the Drawings and Prints Department, with the support of Souraya Noujaim, Director of the Scientific Department , Curatorial and Collections Management at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

James C. Tibbs