Louvre Abu Dhabi’s 2nd exhibition opened on Friday

By Sheena Amos

ABU DHABI 22 March 2018: Louvre Abu Dhabi announced the second exhibition ‘Globes: Visions of the World’ opening to the public on 23 March until 2 June 2018.

A hundred and sixty globes, rare archaeological remains, coins, magnificent scripts or prints, astrolabes, world maps and paintings, originating mainly from the collections of Bibliotheque Nationale de France (BnF), will guide visitors throughout the 2,500 years of history representing the world, said Wam.

Manuel Rabate, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said, “This exhibition offers an exceptional opportunity to construct a comprehensive narrative linking astronomy, geography, religion and philosophy, by examining different symbols and representations of the Earth. In this way, it fits perfectly within the ethos of Louvre Abu Dhabi – to narrate the story of mankind. BnF has had curatorial responsibility for this exhibition, and it has been humbling to meet these incredible curators who have spent their lives in the pursuit of knowledge and excellence.

The exhibition starts with three magnificent instruments and artworks of the 17th century: a celestial globe, a terrestrial globe and an armillary sphere that is a model placing the Earth at the centre of the universe.

Through these three types of objects displayed throughout the exhibition, you will discover the birth and development of a vision of the world that travelled across centuries and civilisations enriching multiple contributions, not only through experiences and observations but also by mathematics and philosophy.

These spheres are exhibited among many documents and objects that shed light on their context, uses and symbolic association from antiquity to present day.

Acrobat Yoann Bourgeois will defy laws of gravity illustrating Foucault’s pendulum and his myth.

Audiences can share an unprecedented experience of La Balance de Levite twice daily on 22-24 March at 4 pm and 6 pm in front of the museum ’s entrance.