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Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoirfaire

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Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoirfaire

  • Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Cultural District Abu Dhabi UAE (map)

Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi

Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoirfaire

This is a collaborative project, a ‘skills workshop’ that gave four UAE-based artists the opportunity to work with four premium historical French manufacturers. Carefully paired based on shared inspirations and complementary techniques, the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres welcomed Talin Hazbar to work on ceramics, the Manufacture de Beauvais opened up its art of weaving to Khalid Shafar, the Haute Verrerie d’art de Saint-Just collaborated with Zeinab Alhashemi and the MTX Broderie Architecturale studios teamed up with Vikram Divecha.

The process, initiated throughout an exchange programme, paired artistic research with the high standards of the historical French craftsmanship, traditionally open to the innovations of contemporary artists. This project focused on transmission and exchange. The temporary exhibition presents the final artworks, created by the artists and produced by the French manufacturers.

Co-Lab is part of the Emirati-French Cultural Programme: Dialogue with Louvre Abu Dhabi initiative established by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Institut français.



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.


Event Information:

21 December 2017 – 25 March 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.

+971 600 56 55 66




Image: Co-Lab Exhibition, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photography by Greg Garay.

Later Event: December 21
Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi