The Louvre of Abu Dhabi is a “sanctuary” to great works of art but is also a work of art itself, one of the world’s urban wonders. It is fascinating architectural and engineering feat designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. Part of its uniqueness comes from the fact that it rises up off the island of Saadiyat and is surrounded by the waters of the Persian Gulf. And it is precisely to allow people to appreciate and admire the structure to its fullest that it is possible to tour around the museum in a kayak. Every day, except Monday, between 5 and 7 pm, it is possible to reserve a tour and paddle around this landmark, the centrepiece of an entire neighbourhood for an hour. A “city-museum” on the sea, made up of 55 different architectural structures, inspired by the “medina” and the low-rising homes typical of Arab architecture, especially one of its most emblematic elements - the dome. A double dome of 180 metres in diameter which knowingly plays with lights and shadow, creating, both day and night, a charming effect known as a “rain of light”. At certain times of the year, it is also possible to take the kayak tour at sunrise but only on Friday and Saturday, but also on full-moon nights as well.
Between Dreams and Wakefulness, Memories and Fantasies, the Secret Universe of Sudarshan Shetty
Celebrating the world premiere of the artist's latest film One Life Many, the exhibition marks the first display of Sudarshan Shetty's moving image works, showcasing rarely seen videos, multimedia installations and sculptures.
Environmental Consciousness in the Works of Olaf Breuning & Edgar Orlaineta
The works of Edgar Orlaineta and Olaf Breuning weave a narrative linked to environmental awareness. Breuning's woodblock paintings are a reminder of the delicate balance between the beauty of nature and the harsh reality of human-induced climate change, while Orlaineta's sculptures invite reflection on the process of the handmade.
Blane De St. Croix is a sculptor who works on the landscape of climate change. In tandem with scientific researchers, and as himself an artist-researcher, he works on site, and develops art in direct response to the land itself.