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Shifting Sands

BY KEVIN JONES

Does the Louvre Abu Dhabi's universalist stance
prevent  it from crafting its own narrative?

"Birth of the Museum" opening at Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2014. From left to right: Jean-Luc Martinez, 

president-director of the Musée du Louvre; Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon al-Nahyan, president of Tourism & Culture Authority 

Abu Dhabiand of Tourism Development and Investment Company; François Hollande, president of France; Jean Nouvel, 

architect,Aurélie Filippetti, former French Minister of Culture. Copyright and courtesy Musée du Louvre.

The French have a curious epithet for the Louvre Abu Dhabi: le Louvre

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