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From Manet to Monet: Inside Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Impressionist exhibition

Impressionism: Pathways to Modernity is the region’s most comprehensive Impressionist exhibition.

If the names Manet and Monet get you excited, then you’ll be thrilled to hear that the Louvre Abu Dhabi is hosting Impressionism: Pathways to Modernity. The exhibition is set to be the most comprehensive Impressionist exhibition in the region, and includes an extraordinary collection of art work.

Impressionism: Pathways to Modern is part of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s fifth-anniversary celebrations, and it is being organised in partnership with Musée d’Orsay and France Muséums. The exhibition covers the period from mid-1850s to the end of the 19th century, when times were a-changing, and it explores these artists’ responses to social changes.

Impressionism: Pathways to Modernity

Impressionism: Pathways to Modernity includes an exciting line-up of more than 150 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs. This is your chance to come face-to-face with pieces by Renoir, Cézanne, Morisot, Pissarro and Sisley. Louvre Abu Dhabi will also unveil a new acquisition: The Cup of Chocolate Cup by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Plus, there will be five dresses and a video installation.

Manuel Rabaté, director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, says: “Impressionism: Pathways to Modernity represents a defining milestone for Louvre Abu Dhabi as we prepare to celebrate our fifth anniversary this November and continue to underscore an unwavering commitment to creating world-class exhibits that offer direct access to global art history.

Impressionism: Pathways to Modernity

“Bringing this 19th century avant-garde showcase to Abu Dhabi is a cultural and aesthetical feat, an opportunity for the entire region to discover this movement far from its Parisian birthplace. One hundred and fifty years ago, this bold adventure brought new visual languages and techniques to art, and today it gives us the tools to question and understand the specificities of our own contemporary world.”

Sylvie Patry, chief curator and deputy director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs & Stéphane Guégan, scientific advisor to the president, Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie, added: “By bringing such an exhibition to the region for the first time, specifically crafted and designed for Louvre Abu Dhabi, we wanted to convey our passion for Impressionism, but also to provide a new and exciting approach. The art of Manet and Impressionism remain one of the most inventive moments and it is fascinating to see how the artists who challenged dramatic social and cultural changes then still resonate today.”

Impressionism: Pathways to Modernity

The exhibition runs from 12 October to 5 February 2023 and entrance to the exhibition is free with the museum’s admission tickets. 

GO: Visit louvreabudhabi.ae for more information.

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