Wow -- thanks for that! Really interesting article and the pictures certainly make the museum look dazzling*. It's fascinating to see how each logical reservation (cultural and political differences, safety of the artwork, etc.) were addressed. Yes, France's museums are benefiting financially, but they're definitely not stinting on the pieces they are sharing -- really, the big guns of art history.
* A grumble: I cannot get the hang of those NYTimes 360° video thingies & wish they'd just use normal ones.
One thing I find interesting about the building is of course the lattice dome, which uses the same concept as the lattice screen covering the MuCEM in Marseille. As we already saw in Marseille, it is a really outstanding way to protect from the sun while still letting some rays through.
Yes, exactly! I did think of the MuCem immediately when I saw the pictures of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The operative word is "protect" -- the museum in Marseille made me feel grateful for the protection, rather than closed in, with the light and water dazzle still being allowed in.
A magnificent achievement with many hoops to hop through on both sides I bet. I just have the slightest niggle at the back of my mind - are these most precious objects really safe in the Middle East...I suppose if The Louvre thinks so then it must be so.