An exhibition showing a taste of the works of art to be displayed in Abu Dhabi's Louvre museum has been extended for a month after being fully booked since its opening. Talking Art: Louvre Abu Dhabi at the Emirates Palace hotel will continue until Aug 29, the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) said today. Tours which take groups of about 30 around the exhibition twice a day have been "consistently booked", it said.
"The public's response to [the exhibition] has been tremendous," said Rita Aoun, TDIC's director for culture. "We are heartened by the extraordinary turnout of visitors. The exhibition, which began on May 26, was originally intended to run until the beginning of July. The free 90 minute tours, which at 11am and 6.30pm everyday, begin with a film detailing the building on Saadiyat Island, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Jean Nouvel.
The exhibition includes several works by Manet, an oil painting by Cézanne and a bold composition from the 1920s Dutch artist Piet Mondrian bought from the personal collection of the late designer Yves Saint Laurent. "Together these works illuminate the artistic and cultural interrelationships that are at the heart of the Louvre Abu Dhabi," TDIC said. All events are free of charge, but should be booked in advance, either by phone on 02 690 8230, or e-mail email@example.com.