10,000 Years of Luxury Exhibition: Louvre Abu Dhabi

Organised by Louvre Abu Dhabi

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.

date and time

Wed, Oct 30, 2019 - Tue, Feb 18, 2020

event location

Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

contact info

Louvre Abu Dhabi
Tel: 600565566



Date Time Location Notes
Oct 30, 2019 - Feb 18, 2020 10:00 AM 08:00 PM Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi Saturdays to Wednesdays (Museum closed on Mondays)
Oct 30, 2019 - Feb 18, 2020 10:00 AM 10:00 PM Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi Thursdays and Fridays (Museum closed on Mondays)

Cultural Programme

Inspired by the 10,000 Years of Luxury exhibition, Louvre Abu Dhabi will work with performers and artists to create priceless experiences with the theme ‘luxuries are what money can’t buy’.

Part of this will celebrate the place of the Diva in the history of popular music through concerts led by local and international singers, offering tributes to the great divas Umm Kulthum and Fairuz, as well as exploring the idea of the diva today.

The diva perhaps exemplifies a constant concept in the history of luxury, an objectified example of an intangible heritage form, which moves through history from the exclusive world of the elite, to the
contemporary world of digital access and mass consumption.

USO - The Perfumed Cloud

Alongside the exhibition 10,000 Years of Luxury, Louvre Abu Dhabi presents the olfactory art installation; USO - Unidentified Scented Object, created by the Maison Cartier in-house perfumer Mathilde Laurent, with Transsolar KlimaEngineering.

Continuing the museum’s mission to offer innovative experiences, this installation offers a magical sensory journey into a cloud made of perfume. Step into a transparent glass cube over water and under the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s spectacular dome, climb the spiral stairs and feel the change in temperature as you ascend to a floating scented cloud.

The first ever immersive installation of its kind in the Middle East, USO combines ethereal architecture, the senses and climate technology.

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