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About the Louvre Abu Dhabi

A guide to exhibitions at the Louvre Abu Dhabi 

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is home to art and artefacts that date centuries and come from around the world. The collections include sculptures, tools, and even furniture in addition to the paintings. Along with the permanent collection, the Louvre Abu Dhabi also hosts 4 major exhibitions every year by globally renowned artists. 

Read on to find out about the exhibitions hosted by the Louvre Abu Dhabi and how you can visit them. 




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Why you should attend the Louvre Abu Dhabi exhibitions

  • The Louvre Abu Dhabi hosts 4 major international exhibitions every year. These events will give you a chance to view masterpieces of renowned artists. 
  • The Louvre Abu Dhabi provides a platform for local and regional artists to showcase their talents, such as the first annual Art Here Exhibit in 2021 where UAE-based artists were invited to submit proposals on the topic ‘Memory, Time and Territory’. 
  • The Louvre Abu Dhabi curates its collection thematically, placing works from various cultures side-by-side to showcase artistic connections across time and places. 
  • These exhibits delve deeper into specific themes or artistic movements not always covered extensively in the permanent collection. You will see rare works like some of the first photographs, artwork from 17th-18th century Versailles, and Impressionist artwork by Degas, Monet, Picasso and more.

Louvre Abu Dhabi exhibitions of 2024

From Kalīla wa Dimna to La Fontaine: Travelling through Fables

  • 26 March - 21 July 2024
  • If you're interested in fables, cultural exchange, or the history of storytelling, don’t miss this exhibit. The exhibit traces fables' evolution from ancient India and Greece through the Arab world with key figures like Ibn al-Muqaffa, culminating in French fabulist La Fontaine. Explore 133 artworks, including beautifully illustrated manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, displayed alongside Western interpretations, highlighting the cultural exchange and shared storytelling traditions that fables represent.

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

  • 18 July 2023 – June 2025
  • This one is for the young space explorers. This three-floor exhibit combines space-themed artworks with interactive games and missions. The young visitors can analyze constellations, design spaceships, solve puzzles in a simulated space station, and even tackle a "Mars Trial," all while developing observation, and analytical skills, and nurturing a love of space exploration through play.

Previous exhibitions at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

Cartier, Islamic Inspiration and Modern Design (16 November 2023 - 24 March 2024)

This exhibit, with over 500 pieces, explored the Islamic art influence on Cartier's jewelry design from the early 1900s to today.

Letters of Light (September 13, 2023 - January 14, 2024)

This exhibition explored the art of creating holy books across different religions.

Bollywood Superstars: A Short Story of Indian Cinema (January 24 - June 4, 2023)

This exhibition celebrated the history and influence of Indian cinema.

Impressionism: Pathways to Modernity (October 12, 2022 – February 5, 2023)

This exhibition showcased the development of Impressionism and its impact on the art world.

How to book tickets to the Louvre Abu Dhabi exhibitions?

You can visit any exhibit in the Louvre Abu Dhabi with an entrance ticket to the museum. A great way to explore the museum and learn about the artwork is to go on a guided tour. 

It is recommended to book the tickets online, especially the Skip-the-line tickets, which will help you escape waiting in the queue in the unforgiving heat.

Frequently asked questions about the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s exhibitions

How long are the Louvre Abu Dhabi exhibitions?

The Louvre Abu Dhabi's temporary exhibitions typically run for a few months. There isn't a set duration, but they tend to change exhibits several times a year.

Do the temporary exhibitions change frequently?

Yes, the Louvre Abu Dhabi hosts temporary exhibitions alongside its permanent collection. These exhibitions typically change every few months and explore a variety of themes and cultures.

Is there an additional fee to see the temporary exhibitions?

The temporary exhibitions are usually included in the general admission ticket price for the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

How much time should I allow to see the exhibitions?

The amount of time you need will depend on your interests and how in-depth you want to explore the exhibitions. However, allowing 2-3 hours is a good starting point.

Are there any guided tours available for the exhibitions?

Yes, the Louvre Abu Dhabi offers individual and group tours that explore the highlights of the museum's collection, including the temporary exhibitions.

Are there audio guides available for the exhibitions?

Yes, the Louvre Abu Dhabi offers a free app with multimedia guides, including audio commentary for the exhibitions.

What are the must-see exhibitions at the Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2024?

The main exhibit currently running is ‘From Kalīla wa Dimna to La Fontaine: Travelling through Fables’. This exhibit will go on till 21 July 2024. The children’s exhibition showcases Picturing the Cosmos, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Children’s Museum, which will end in June 2025.