Cultural Season Special: 'Changing Societies'

Organised by Louvre Abu Dhabi

This upcoming season entitled 'Changing Societies' represents one of Louvre Abu Dhabi's boldest and most extensive programme to date.

The four exhibitions explore how the arts have channelled and acted as a witness to society throughout history, as well as an accompanying programme that includes live performances, world-renowned installations, music, poetry and family events.

In Changing Societies, the main objective is to shed light on how culture and creativity have acted as a manifestation of shifts and changes in society and civilisations.

This new and exciting season is designed to pioneer different ways to engage the museum’s diverse audiences, offering innovative experiences and a deeper understanding of the universal themes presented in the permanent galleries.

It also offers an opportunity to further explore key historical and aesthetic episodes in history from a unique Universal perspective, often re-examining the ways in which mutual discovery and appreciation have always informed human history.

The season will feature:

- Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1900-1939), in partnership with Centre Pompidou
- 10,000 Years of Luxury, in partnership with Musée des Arts Décoratifs
-  Furusiyya: The Art of Chivalry between East and West, in partnership with Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge
- Charlie Chaplin: When Art Met Cinema, in partnership with Musée d’arts de Nantes

Alongside Louvre Abu Dhabi’s upcoming exhibitions and public programme for its 2019/2020 Season, the museum’s permanent galleries will showcase new masterpieces as a part of its annual rotation of loans, including a major installation by contemporary artist Susanna Fritscher.

For more information and ticket purchase, click here.

date and time

Wed, Sep 18, 2019 - Sat, Jul 18, 2020

event location

Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

contact info

Louvre Abu Dhabi
Tel: 600565566



Date Time Location Notes
Sep 18 - Dec 07, 2019 10:00 AM 08:00 PM Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co (1900-1939)
Oct 30, 2019 - Feb 15, 2020 10:00 AM 08:00 PM Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi 10,000 Years of Luxury
Feb 19 - May 30, 2020 10:00 AM 08:00 PM Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi Furusiyya: The Art of Chivalry between East and West exhibition
Apr 15 - Jul 18, 2020 10:00 AM 08:00 PM Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi Charlie Chaplin: When Art Met Cinema

Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co (1900-1939)

Image Credits:
1884, Livourne (Italie) - 1920, Paris (France)
Portrait of Dédie
Oil on Canvas
© Service de la documentation photographique du MNAM - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP

Image Credits:
Juan GRIS (Jose Victoriano GONZALES PEREZ, )
Man from Touraine
September 1918
Oil on Canvas
© Jean-François Tomasian - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP

Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1900-1939), held in partnership with Centre Pompidou, will allow you to discover the Paris of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ – a Bohemian hub for artists from across Europe, many of whom left their home countries in search of a place where they could truly and safely express themselves.

Inspired by the city, these group of artists came together at a moment of extraordinary creativity to produce some of the most innovative art of the 20th century.

This exhibition will feature more than 80 works that will include masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani, Sonia Delaunay, Giorgio De Chirico, Juan Gris, Constantin Brancusi, Tamara de Lempicka, Brassaï and many more.


10,000 Years of Luxury

Image Credits:
Necklace Noisettes
Circa 1900
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
© MAD / Jean Tholance

Image Credits:
Christian DIOR
Evening dress Adélaïde
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
© MAD / Jean Tholance

Image Credits:
Armand-Albert RATEAU
Ten-panels screen Renards
1921 - 1922
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
© MAD / Jean Tholance

Featuring 350 extraordinary objects from the fields of fashion, jewellery, art, furniture and design, this exhibition will display the various ways luxury has been interpreted by diverse cultures throughout history: from extravagant offerings for the divine, to golden furniture fit for royalty and virtuoso objects from luxury houses such as Christian Dior, Chanel, Cartier, Balenciaga and Hermès.

The exhibition shows 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.

It explores the prominent role of women in defining luxury, the ebb and flow between excess and moderation as well as notions of what elevates an object to the realm of precious - be it time, craftsmanship, or rarity.


Furusiyya: The Art of Chivalry between East and West

Image Credits:
Sword of Duke of Milan
Milan, Italia, second half of the 15th century
Iron, gilded steel, horn
H.113 W.14.7 cm
France, Paris, Musée de Cluny, Cl. 11821
© RMN-Grand Palais (musée de Cluny - musée national du Moyen-Âge) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi

Explore a unique and extraordinary link, where Furusiyya in the East meets Chivalry in the West.

This exhibition will let you in on the different practices of combat and knightly values, which led to a specific social class and culture in the Islamic East and largely Christian West.

Tales of knightly culture have been told throughout history – of brave heroes fighting for their sovereign, their religion and their honour; stories of war, loss, comradery and courtly love, will be told through 130 rare artworks, most of them seen in the region for the first time.


Charlie Chaplin: When Art Met Cinema

Image Credits:
Charlie Chaplin
Modern Times
Charlie Chaplin™ © Bubbles Inc. S.A.
© Roy Export S.A.S
© Roy Export Company Ltd.
Digitization of the Chaplin Archives by Cineteca di Bologna.
Digitization of certain photographs from the Chaplin Archives by Musée de l'Elysée.

Discover the connection between the great Charlie Chaplin films and the artistic creations of avant-garde artists of the time, including Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger and František Kupka.

These artists were at the centre of modern art movements such as Constructivism, Surrealism and Dadaism.

Featuring around 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, archives and film scenes, the exhibition reveals the relationship between Chaplin’s work and those of his contemporaries who constantly addressed, each in their own way, the rapidly changing world of the first half of the twentieth century.


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