Louvre Abu Dhabi brings treasures to the internet


Abu Dhabi, May 26 (IANS): With the Louvre Abu Dhabi "closed until further notice" due to the coronavirus pandemic, the museum's website was now offering videos, audio and images of art and archaeological pieces, as well as educational activities for children.

"Louvre Abu Dhabi has always been about the universal connections that bind us across cultures, histories and time periods, proving that we have far more in common than we know," the museum's Director, Manuel Rabate, told Efe news on Monday.

"These new circumstances have encouraged us to accelerate our digital programs so that we can continue to share our content," he added.

One of the online videos enables the users to enjoy the details of the granite stele in which the name of the pharaoh Tutankhamun is written with hieroglyphs; with an over one-minute audio explains its importance.

The virtual visits, however, do not provide the historical tour on offer to those visiting in person, which takes them from prehistory all the way through to the present.

The tour consists of 12 chapters, through galleries gathered under a 180-metre, 7,500-tonne dome.

The ceiling, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel inspired by the Islamic art and local culture, allows beams of light to infiltrate the roof and create the rain of light.

The museum, located in the Saadiyat Island, is one of the few touristic attractions the capital has to offer compared to its fellow Emirati main competitor Dubai.

Therefore, the museum hopes to reopen as soon as possible when people are able to travel to UAE after commercial flights to other countries have resumed.

When it does, the online experience will not be truncated, Rabate said.

The in-person visits will be combined with virtual content after the current circumstances forced the museum, and the art world in general.

  

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