Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre is selling the use of its name to Abu Dhabi for $520 million. The building will cost a mere $108 million to build, but to slap the Louvre name on it, Abu Dhabi will have to part with more than half a billion dollars!

Is a name really worth that much? I can understand a cola maker wanting to use the Coke name or a shoe maker wanting to use the Nike name, but how does a museum justify paying $520 million to use the Louvre name?Continue Reading

Louvre Museum in the United Arab Emirates

The Art Newspaper has reported that the Louvre museum is in talks with Abu Dhabi officials in regards to opening a museum in the United Arab Emirates.
I wonder if the UAE Louvre will also have no nudes like the planned Abu Dhabi Guggenheim?Continue Reading

Guggenheim in UAE with no Nudes?

The United Arab Emirates will soon have the largest Guggenheim museum to be built. The New York based Guggenheim Foundation currently has museums in New York, Bilbao, Venice, Berlin, and Las Vegas.
The American architect Frank Gehry will build Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (GAD) which will be located on a Gulf island (Saadiyat) near the United Arab Emirates capital. It is expected to be 30,000 square meters or 322,800 square feet and will be completed within five years.Continue Reading