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Explore abstraction and calligraphy at Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi opens up a new exhibition in partnership with Centre Pompidou, connecting the languages of image and text through abstraction and calligraphy. Titled Abstraction and Calligraphy – Towards a Universal Language, pieces will be on view until June 12

In its inaugural exhibition of 2021, Louvre Abu Dhabi is offering visitors a rare chance to experience inspiring works by renowned abstract and calligraffiti artists first hand. Several creations are presented for the first time, highlighting an intriguing blend of western abstract art and eastern script on the same canvas.

Discover evocative pieces by the likes of Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, Joan Miró, Lee Ufan, André Masson and Jackson Pollock with the museum’s latest exhibition titled Abstraction and Calligraphy – Towards a Universal Language, running until June 12.

Curated by Didier Ottinger, assisted by Marie Sarré, the exhibition marks a second major collaboration between the Centre Pompidou and Louvre Abu Dhabi. This international exhibition is sponsored by Montblanc, a Maison whose innovative craftsmanship continues to influence the culture of writing.

Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais Philippe Migeat

© Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Photo AFP

© Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Photo AFP

Bringing together more than 80 masterworks on loan from 16 partner institutions, with six works from Louvre Abu Dhabi’s own permanent collection, the exhibition will also focus on 20th- and 21st-century Arab artists – from Dia Azzawi and Anwar Jalal Shemza to Ghada Amer, Shirazeh Houshiary, Mona Hatoum and others – for whom the letterform was a continuous source of inspiration, freeing writing from its purely linguistic function and investing it with new artistic value. The exhibition will also feature installations from two contemporary artists, eL Seed and Sanki King, demonstrating how artists today are still seeking new visual forms to respond to current societal changes.

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