Talking objects: a unique encounter with art

Organised by Louvre Abu Dhabi

Inspired by our 10,000 Years of Luxury exhibition, visitors have an unparalleled opportunity to encounter four masterpieces from our collection up-close and in the company of a curator who will reveal the fascinating stories they have to tell. 

Representing the broad sweep of human history and creativity, the objects are drawn from the ancient world, the Middle Ages, the early-Modern period and the Modern era and will be presented to a small number of art enthusiasts as part of these exclusive experiences.

Location: Vestibule 4
AED 63 | upon reservation only | In English 
Access to museum galleries included
Limited to 25 people
Discounted rate for Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Club members

date and time

Tue, Jan 21, 2020 - Tue, Feb 11, 2020

event location

Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi



Date Time Location Notes
Jan 21, 2020 05:00 PM 07:30 PM Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi

The Ancient World
Funerary servant for Seti I
Egypt, Valley of the Kings
c. 1290 BCE

This funerary figurine was discovered in one of the most splendid ancient Egyptian royal burial sites ever discovered, the tomb of the pharaoh Seti I, father of the great Ramses II. Made to assist the deceased ruler in the afterlife by managing the fertile lands granted to the pharaoh for eternity, its role is revealed in the stylized agricultural implements the figurine carries.

Presented by Noëmi Daucé – Chief Curator, Research and Development, in charge of Archelogy and Antiquity 
5 pm and 6:30 pm (45 minutes each talk)

Jan 28, 2020 05:00 PM 07:30 PM Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi The Middle Ages
Jar decorated with hunting scenes
Central Asia or Tibet
5th-6th century CE

A trading network that linked markets, cities, empires and continents, the Silk Road allowed goods and ideas, diseases and wealth to travel between China and the Mediterranean world. This exquisite object reveals the profound effects of encounter and exchange on the peoples, religions and cultures of Central Asia and beyond.

Presented by Guilhem André – Chief Curator in charge of Middle Ages and Asian Arts 
5pm and 6:30pm (45 minutes each talk)
Feb 04, 2020 05:00 PM 07:30 PM Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi

The early-Modern period
Page from a Polier album: Entertainments in a Harem
Muhammad Ali 
School of Lucknow, India


A nobleman from Lausanne, Antoine-Louis Henri de Polier (1741–1795 CE) was a Swiss adventurer, art collector, military engineer, soldier and spy who made his fortune in India during the 18th century. Taken from one of his precious albums of manuscripts, miniatures and calligraphy, this delicate painting depicts a group of women in the garden of a palace and not only sheds light on the opulence of Indian court life but also contains a secret that will be revealed in the talk.

Presented by Rose-Marie Mousseaux – Chief Curator of Early Modern Art 
5 pm and 6:30 pm (45 minutes each talk)

Feb 11, 2020 05:00 PM 07:30 PM Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi The Modern World
Ayoucha, daguerreotype 
by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
Cairo, Egypt

A very rare and fine example of a daguerreotype, Girault de Prangey’s enigmatic Ayoucha is not only the earliest known photographic depiction of a veiled woman from the Islamic world but is expected to become an icon of East-West relations in 19th century.

Presented by Deema Almheiri - Senior Curatorial Assistant for Modern & Contemporary Art
5 pm and 6:30 pm (45 minutes each talk)

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