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Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A collaboration between France and the United Arab Emirates, the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi is more than an outpost of the famed Musée du Louvre in Paris. With a wide showcase of art ranging from prehistoric artifacts to more contemporary works, the museum aims to showcase the local heritage and culture, while also possessing the unique opportunity to exhibit important art collections on loan from French cultural institutions under the Agence-France Muséums.

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Its first temporary exhibition, “From One Louvre to Another,” curated by Musée du Louvre president Jean-Luc Martinez and esteemed curator Juliette Trey, features 150 works from early collections of the Louvre and Chateau Versailles, including 17th– and 18th-century masterpieces that have cemented the Louvre’s reputation. The Louvre Abu Dhabi’s growing permanent collection currently includes works by Manet, Gauguin, Magritte, Picasso, and Cy Twombly. One of its more high-profile recent acquisitions was a Leonardo da Vinci piece that sold for $450 million.

 

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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA), Cape Town, South Africa

Here’s yet another reason to head to Cape Town: More than four years in the making, Zeitz MOCAA opened its doors last September, becoming the largest museum in the world dedicated to African contemporary art. Kofi Annan, patron of the Zeitz MOCAA, says, “By providing a platform for the incredibly talented artists across Africa and beyond, this museum fills a critical gap in the continent’s art scene.”

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Housed in one of the tallest buildings in South Africa, the museum is a non-profit cultural institution containing the private collection of co-founder Jochen Zeitz, after whom the museum is named, as well as that of 100 galleries, spread out over 6,000 square meters of exhibition space. A Costume Institute and a rooftop sculpture garden triggers excitement for many locals, as do the museum’s Centres for Photography, Curatorial Excellence, the Moving Image, Performative Practice, and Art Education.

 

 

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Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco

Opened last October, the 4,000-square-meter building houses exhibition spaces, a research library, an auditorium, a bookstore, and a terrace café, Le Studio. A permanent exhibition space displays thousands of important drawings, clothing pieces, and haute couture accessories designed by the iconic fashion designer, who fell in love with Morocco in 1966.

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“He was so moved by the city that he immediately decided to buy a house here, and returned regularly,” says Pierre Bergé,  Saint Laurent’s partner. “It feels perfectly natural, 50 years later, to build a museum dedicated to his oeuvre, which was so inspired by this country.” Designed by Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier of Studio KO, the museum is located near Jardin Majorelle, the famous garden acquired by Saint Laurent and Bergé in 1980.

 

 

 

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