In conjunction with our upcoming overseas study tour of the United Arab Emirates and State of Qatar, the Faculty of Arts presents a series of public talks highlighting new museum and cultural developments in this rapidly expanding region from Doha to Sharjah and Dubai.
Monday, 21 August 2017 6.15pm - 8.15pm
The Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Twenty-First Century Art Museum: From Agent of the West to Global Art Experience
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is scheduled to open its doors to the public in November 2017 following ten years of planning and development. One of the most high profile and eagerly anticipated international museum projects of the past fifty years, this initiative has the potential to re-define what we mean by a public art museum in the 21st century. The modern art museum was launched during the Enlightenment as a space to ‘ennoble’ the citizens of the state by bringing them into contact with the great achievements of artistic and cultural expression. Though founded on the ideal of a supposedly ‘universal survey’ of culture, in practice this has always meant that museums have reinforced a peculiarly Western notion of cultural distinction from Ancient Greece through to the European Renaissance and so on. Now thanks to a ground breaking partnership between the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the French Government, a new type of ‘universal museum’ is set to rise in the rapidly emerging cultural landscape of the United Arab Emirates. This lecture will seek to situate the Louvre Abu Dhabi project in its historical and museological contexts with a particular focus on the new concept of a ‘global vision of the history of world art’ that will be displayed within the galleries of Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi when it opens at the end of this year.
Associate Professor Christopher R. Marshall is Associate Professor in Art History and Museum Studies at The University of Melbourne. His books on museums and curatorship include Sculpture and the Museum (2011) and contributions to Museum Making; Making Art History and Reshaping Museum Space (2005, 2007 and 2012). Associate Professor Marshall has a long standing research interest in the art market with his most recent publication being Baroque Naples and the Industry of Painting (Yale University Press, 2016).
Image: Exterior of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Image Copyright Tourism and Investment Company
Also in this series:
Shifting Global Perspectives on the Private Art Museum: From Private Delectation to Public Benefit and Beyond
For more information on the overseas study tour, please visit the website.