What is, and what was luxury? The story behind this exhibition celebrates a world history of the lavish and the luxurious through 350 extraordinary objects – fashion, jewellery, art, furniture, design and many more.
Spanning thousands of years, marvel at the ways in which luxury has been interpreted by diverse cultures: from extravagant offerings for the divine, to golden furniture fit for royalty and the iconic couture of fashion houses and virtuoso objects of luxury houses, such as Christian Dior, Chanel, Cartier, Balenciaga and Hermès.
Discover how different cultures have defined luxury and the impact of such excess on the evolution of society, as a way to undermine or underline the status quo. Consider the prominent role of women in defining luxury, and with it, the ebb and flow between excess and moderation. This exhibition explores what elevates an object to the realm of precious - be it time, craftsmanship, or rarity.
10,000 Years of Luxury presents multiple narratives of luxury from ancient civilisations and their worship of the gods, to the exquisite finery of the 18th century French court of Versailles, as well as the ways in which the Industrial Revolution transformed the interpretation and consumption of luxury goods.
It will question what luxury means today amidst concerns about sustainable development in an age of globalisation and mass consumption, and evaluate ‘money can’t buy’ notions of personal freedoms such as leisure time and freedom of movement.
Drawing on the collections of Musée des Arts Décoratifs and other French museums, including Musée du Louvre and Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, this exhibition offers a rare chance to glimpse, revel in and evaluate true luxury. The exhibition is curated by Olivier Gabet, Deputy Managing Director of Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
**Admission is included with a museum general admission ticket.
**Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Club Members visit for free.