Positioned to open sometime next year, the Louvre Abu Dhabi - a satellite location of the famed Louvre in Paris - has spent nearly a decade being one of the most buzzed about happenings in the art world. And opening day draws near, the museum has officially begun accepting work into its galleries to become a part of its permanent collection.
So far, over 300 artworks have been donated by various French museums, including the Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou, Château de Versailles, and Musée Rodin. Among them are paintings by Albrecht Dürer, Jean Louis David, Leonardo da Vinci, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Mark Rothko, Joan Mitchell, and Andy Warhol.
In the attached pictures, I've provided a little preview of some of the works that have already been sent to the museum:
Photo 1: Leonardo da Vinci, "Woman Portrait," also called "La Belle Ferronnière," wood (noyer)
Photo 2: Jacques-Louis David, "Napoleon Crossing the Alps" (1803), oil on canvas
Photo 3: Mask, Mexico, Basin of Mexico (150–550 CE), black stone
Photo 4: Pair of gui vessels, China (11th century BCE), bronze
Photo 5: Vincenzo Coronelli, Globe (1697)
Photo 6: Claude Monet, "La gare Saint-Lazare" (1877), oil on canvas
Photo 7: Masque anthropo-zoomorphe d’mba (Anthropo-zoomorphic mask of D’mba), Masque d’épaules (Shoulder mask) D’mba, Guinée, Baga (early 20th century) wood, plant fibers, metal
Photo 8: Vincent van Gogh, "Self-portrait" (1887), oil on canvas