January 12, 2015 - Louvre Abu Dhabi - Talking Art Series IV: James Ivory
January 12, 2015

Talking Art Series IV: James Ivory

Maharaja Ajit Singh of Jodhpur at the Jharokha Window. c. 1740–50. One of the 98 Indian Miniature Paintings from James Ivory’s Collection that has been acquired by Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Louvre Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series IV:
James Ivory
28 January 2015

Manarat Al Saadiyat
Saadiyat Island
United Arab Emirates


Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is hosting James Ivory at Louvre Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series IV on 28 January; the latest talk in the fourth Louvre Abu Dhabi: Talking Art series that began in October last year. 

Third in a series of talks that explore some of the key narratives, ideas and content behind the upcoming museum, James Ivory’s talk titled “Miniature Paintings and Films” provides a closer look at the filmmaker’s outstanding collection of Indian miniature paintings, which are now a part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection. Following which, James Ivory will discuss the interrelationship between art and film and show a special screening of his picture Hullabaloo over Georgie and Bonnie’s Pictures (1978). 

Following this, the importance of light as a symbol in universal religions will be discussed in a 25 March talk, “Light and Religion,” followed by the concept of art as a witness of today’s globalised world, “Art as a Witness of Globalisation,” which will close the series on 27 May 2015. The panels will feature scholars and curators Martin Kemp, Emeritus Research Professor in the History of Art, Oxford University, and Sabiha Al Khemir, Senior Advisor of Islamic Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, for Light and Religion, as well as Jean-Hubert Martin, Curator, and Saied Binkrad, Professor of Semiology of Art in the Department of Fine Arts, Rabat University, for “Art as a Witness of Globalisation,” and will give the UAE public a deeper understanding of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s 21st-century interpretation of the universal narrative, a new perspective based on the cultural similarities that unite different civilisations.

Progress of Louvre Abu Dhabi continues with the recent placement of the building’s iconic dome, the technical masterpiece that will create the enchanting, shifting “rain of light” experience within the museum. A one to one mockup of one of the museums’ galleries has been completed for testing, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi team in the UAE’s capital continues to grow in anticipation of the opening of the museum, with the training of UAE Nationals remaining an ongoing priority. Furthermore, the museum’s permanent collection was successfully exhibited outside of Abu Dhabi for the first time at the Birth of a Museum exhibition in Paris in August; showcasing over 160 artworks from Louvre Abu Dhabi’s collection. 

Presented at Manarat Al Saadiyat located in the Saadiyat Cultural District in Abu Dhabi, the seats available throughout the Louvre Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series IV are limited. Please book in advance at www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae or call T +971 (0) 2 657 5800.

About Louvre Abu Dhabi
Born of an intergovernmental agreement between the Abu Dhabi government and France in 2007, Louvre Abu Dhabi has the vocation to be a Universal museum in the Arab World translating the spirit of openness and dialogue of cultures. Linking Abu Dhabi with the name of the Louvre, Louvre Abu Dhabi designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, will display works of historical, cultural and sociological significance from the most ancient to the most contemporary. Spanning millennia, the artworks on display will originate from civilisations all over the world. The originality of the museum narrative trail resides in presenting these civilisations in the same spaces, galleries, rooms or gallery cabinet. Universal themes and common influences will be highlighted to illustrate similarities and exchanges arising from shared human experience transcending geography, nationality and history. Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to open in 2015.

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