Louvre Abu Dhabi To Host Major International Exhibition Of 20th Century Modernists

Sep 05,2019

 Louvre Abu Dhabi will journey back in time to the Parisian art scene of the first half of the 20th century. Featuring around 85 works by leading avant-garde artists, Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso,Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1900-1939) will explore works produced by foreign artists living in the French capital at this time.

Featuring some of the most notable names of the 20th century Avant-Garde scene, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s upcoming exhibition, Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1900-1939), will include more than 80 works by many artists. The exhibition will trace the creative output of emigrant artists living and working in Paris throughout the first half of the 20th century.

The first exhibition in Louvre Abu Dhabi’s new season, ‘Changing Societies’, Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1900-1939) will be held in partnership with Paris’ Centre Pompidou and organised with Agence France-Muséums. Through paintings, sculptures and photographs by some 50 avant-garde artists, the exhibition will explore the Paris of the ‘Roaring Twenties’. Paris’ dynamism and cosmopolitan nature made it an attractive, Bohemian hub for artists from across Europe, many of whom left their home countries in the post-World War I years in search of a place where they could express themselves creatively. Gathering in cafés, salons, studios and galleries, this artistic community transformed the ‘City of Lights’ into the creative heart of Europe, with their experimentation with radical expressions of colour and form producing some of the most iconic artworks in history.

The exhibition will run from 18 September - 7 December

Other attractions include

STREB Extreme Action Troupe

Revolution & Rock

18 September 2019 from 6pm – 7:30pm | 19 – 20 September 2019 from 6pm – 8pm

Inspired by the renowned Ballet Russes performance, Parade, large scale living machines will delight visitors at Louvre Abu Dhabi, evoking the spirits of Picasso and his collaborators Jean Cocteau and Erik Satie. Together with the great artist Elizabeth Streb from New York and her STREB Extreme Action Troupe and their giant machines, these performances will mesmerise audiences with a thrilling combination of acrobatics, circus arts and contemporary dance underneath Louvre Abu Dhabi’s dome.

A rare opportunity to see thrilling theatre, Revolution & Rock, from international choreographer Elizabeth Streb’s ‘action heroes’ from the STREB Extreme Action Troupe. The troupe will combine acrobatics, circus arts and contemporary dance to give two spectacular performances on giant machines.

Creating a fusion between tangible and intangible aspects of cubism, we see performers interact with machines and create enough inertia to propel giant structures.

Free entry with museum admission ticket.


Interactive Performance

Parade: Picasso and Cocteau machines

18 – 21 September 2019 | 27 – 28 September 2019

Cubism is brought to life as extraordinary ‘living puppet machines’ roam around the museum, interacting with visitors and bringing in the spirit of Picasso and his collaborator Jean Cocteau. The ‘machines’ are directly inspired by Parade, one of Picasso’s works with the Ballet Russes from 1917. This was the first collaboration between Picasso, who designed the cubist costumes and sets, and poet and playwright Jean Cocteau, who wrote the one-act scenario.

Free entry with museum admission ticket.


Cubist Electro Night

21 November 2019 | 10pm – 2am | Auditorium Plaza | AED 150 | 21+

Featuring Amon Tobin - Two Fingers DJ SetMolecule Live and Boogie Box.(pictured above)

In collaboration with the Institut francais in the UAE, cultural department of the French Embassy.

An electro-night presenting live DJ sets from the legendary alter ego of Amon TobinTwo Fingers, alongside with Molecule, the French pioneer in sound innovation, and emblematic Boogie Box DJsHassan Alwan and Tristan Giraultplaying over cubism-inspired visuals lighting the facades and the iconic dome of the museum.