The structure of the building sits under a honeycombed dome of eight layers of Arab-style geometric shapes. Light beams filter through the roof, brushing the white walls and creating reflections that move above and through the building.
“We are not a European museum,” director Jean-Luc Martinez pointed out during the opening ceremony, “its a place to see the world from Abu Dhabi.”
A place intended for the dialogue between different cultures and religions as shown by the arrangement of the art works: in one room, for example, the Blue Qur’an, one of the oldest ever found, sits next to a Gothic Bible, a Buddhist sutras and a Torah from Yemen dated 1498.
620 works of which approximately half come from the Parisian Louvre, but also from 12 other French museums. Among the most valuable art works, “La belle ferronnière” by Leonardo (from the Louvre), the “Bonaparte crossing the Alps” by Jacques-Louis David (from Versailles) and the “Self Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh” from the Musée d’Orsay.
Apparently the museum will also host the “Salvator Mundi“, the long lost Leonardo Da Vinci painting recently purchased by a private man at Christie’s for the record amount of 450 million dollars.
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