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23marallday02junGlobes | Visions of the WorldLouvre Abu Dhabi


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Louvre Abu Dhabi explores humanity’s quest to understand and represent the world in its second special exhibition, opening 23 March

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12 March 2018 – Globes: Visions of the World curated by Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) will open to the public on 23 March and run until 2 June 2018. Louvre Abu Dhabi’s second special exhibition will explore the history of the spherical representation of the world and its scientific instruments from antiquity to the present day. A hundred and sixty works from the collections of Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) and outstanding loaned works will be on display.

More than 40 globes and spheres, rare archaeological remains, magnificent scripts, astrolabes and splendid world maps will immerse visitors in the 2500 years’ history of representing the world. The exhibition is curated by Catherine Hofmann, Chief Curator at Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), and François Nawrocki, Chief Curator and Deputy Director at Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris.

The exhibition’s innovative scenography designed by Laurence Fontaine in spherical shapes guides the visitors into a chronological tour from Antiquity to the present day. Starting with the display of Vincenzo Coronelli’s majestic globes and Jérôme Martinot’s armillary sphere, the artists Jean-Luc and Patricia Boivineau have created an artistic vision of the stars and constellations which can be seen in Abu Dhabi’s sky during the winter season.


Featured image: Celestial sphere, c. 200 BCE , Engraved silver, Paris, Collection privée Kugel © Paris, Collection privée Kugel


March 23 (Friday) - June 2 (Saturday)


Louvre Abu Dhabi

Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi


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