Globes: Visions of the World
The exhibition explores the representation of the world from antiquity to the present day through a collection of important globes. The Greeks produced the first globes in the 4th century BCE. Between the 8th and 15th centuries Muslim astronomers were at the forefront of astronomic research and created exquisite globes and astrolabes. 125 celestial globes from the Islamic world remain in existence today, with the oldest dating from the 11th century. This ancient science was passed through Muslim Spain in the 10th century and re-emerged in Europe as scientists began generally to accept the theory of a spherical Earth. Globes became both a tool for explorers to navigate the world and a means to tell stories about their new discoveries through artistic interpretations of the map. While navigational technology has improved beyond imagination, globes have continued to be household objects in various forms until the present day. The World in Spheres will be curated by Catherin Hofmann, Chief Curator at Bibliothèque Nationale de France and François Nawrocki, Chief Curator at the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève.
Louvre Abu Dhabi is a universal museum on Saadiyat Island that exhibits art and artefacts from ancient times to the present day. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum contains 12 chapters in the galleries, special exhibition spaces, a Children’s Museum, auditorium, restaurants, retail and a research centre. Louvre Abu Dhabi has developed a rich collection of works originating from throughout human history and around the world, brought together to highlight universal themes and influences. To date, Louvre Abu Dhabi has acquired more than 600 artworks, exhibited alongside 300 works on loan from 13 leading French institutions.
23 March – 2 June 2018
Location: The Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi
Open: Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 – 20:00 and Thursdays and Fridays 10:00 – 22:00
Museum is closed on Mondays.
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