Globes: Visions of the World uses remarkable works of cartography, art, science and technology to tell the fascinating story of how humanity has understood our planet and the cosmos across two and a half millennia. This work, in English, French and Arabic, has been published to accompany the second temporary exhibition at the new Louvre Abu Dhabi. It seeks to recreate the links between this long search for knowledge and today’s science and comprehension by paying tribute to the visionary scholars whose goal was to model – in spheres, circles and ellipses – our fascinating cosmos.
This book has been published to accompany the first temporary exhibition at the new Louvre Abu Dhabi. Tracing the birth of the Musée du Louvre in Paris in the 18th century, this beautifully crafted trilingual work sheds light on the way a public collection is formed, drawing mainly on the collections of the Musée du Louvre and the Château de Versailles. The exhibition evokes the creation of the Musée du Louvre from the time of Louis XIV, when the royal collections were presented in the gardens and Grand Apartments at Versailles, through to the opening of the Muséum in the Palais du Louvre in 1793. It examines the question of the origins and role of the museum, born of royal will, and the evolution of artistic practices, enhanced by a reflection on the transmission and teaching of art.
This is the catalogue of the ground-breaking exhibition Hajj: Memories of a Journey, which opened to the public in September 2017. Through a combination of beautiful historic objects, this work represents a powerful and moving narrative of the faith and tenets of Islam, and the reverence for Mecca and Medina. In addition to the dual-language English and Arabic catalogue, there are separate brochures in five language editions: Arabic, English, Chinese, Russian and Urdu.
While mail, as a tool of correspondence, was first known to the ancient civilisations of the pre-Islamic Arab region, it was not until the Islamic era that mail became truly operational. Emirates to the World: Postal History from 1909 to Unification relates to the inaugural exhibition of the Etihad Museum in Dubai and tells the engaging story of postal services in the Emirates from their earliest days of the Trucial States through to unification and the formation of the UAE in 1971.
Chess and backgammon are not part of a dead, dusty tradition which has no relevance to modern life; they are part of everyday culture in the Gulf region, the Middle East and the wider world. Kings and Pawns: Board Games from India to Spain (in English and Arabic) explores the invention, development and adaptation of four games and their relation to Islamic art.