Louvre Abu Dhabi goes virtual.
Over the past few weeks the Internet has been keeping us busy with exciting new online experiences and tours – from thrilling roller coaster rides to adorable zoo live streams. Now, you can add a visit to the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi museum to your virtual to-do list.
The museum, which opened in 2017, is as famous for its intricate silver dome roof (featuring more than 7850 stars designed to allow light to pass through) as it is for its permanent collection made up of art and artefacts spanning thousands of years.
With the newly released virtual tour of its latest exhibition, Furusiyya: The Art of Chivalry Between East and West, you can view all works and access additional digital content (with captions in English, French and Arabic) on 18 select pieces.
Louvre Abu Dhabi has also curated an Art from Home hub, which is an online collection of select artworks, including the Sarcophagus of Henuttawy (Egypt, 950-900 BCE) and Stele in the Name of Tutankhamun, Pharaoh of Egypt (Egypt, Abydos, about 1327 BCE). Each work has its own web page that includes imagery, a video telling the story behind the piece, audio discussion and downloadable educational activities for children. The hub will be updated regularly with new pieces.
The museum has indicated this is just the start and that there will be more immersive experiences across their permanent and special exhibitions in the coming months. Art buffs, rejoice.