New Louvre Abu Dhabi exhibition "Letters of Light" opens to the public
"Letters of Light" exhibition, was inaugurated by Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Artdayme: From 13 September 2023 to 14 January 2024, Letters of Light displays some of the oldest sacred texts of the three monotheistic religions. Held in partnership with Bibliothèque nationale de France and France Muséums
Louvre Abu Dhabi is pleased to announce that its latest exhibition, Letters of Light, was inaugurated by H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Louvre Abu Dhabi. Featuring some of the oldest texts of the three monotheistic religions, Letters of Light will open to public on 13 September and will run until 14 January 2024.
Held in partnership with Bibliothèque nationale de France and France Muséums, Letters of Light explores the historical context in which the holy books emerged, the way they have been passed down over the years, the scholarly and mystical practices associated with them and their essential role in universal intellectual and artistic history.
The exhibition is curated by Laurent Héricher, Head of the Oriental Manuscripts Department, Bibliothèque nationale de France, and Dr. Souraya Noujaim, Director of the Islamic Arts department, Musée du Louvre, and former Director for Scientific, Curatorial and Collections Management at Louvre Abu Dhabi.
With more than 240 artworks on display, visitors will discover important and beautiful manuscripts of the Quran, Bible, and Torah as well as artefacts from the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Musée du Louvre in Paris and Louvre Abu Dhabi. These pieces include manuscripts, photographs, graphic arts and three-dimensional objects, textiles and paintings from all over the world. Offering a contemporary perspective, the exhibition also showcases a commissioned artwork by Muhannad Shono, The Unseen. The thread-based installation by the Saudi visual artist metaphorically connects the threads of the three religions through a contemplative experience.
Manuel Rabaté, Director, Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: “Letters of Light invites visitors to embark upon a journey of profound reflection, exploring the intricate interplay between creative ingenuity and spirituality. From exquisite texts like the Souvigny Bible to beautiful paintings such as Giovanni Bellini’s Virgin and Child, and intriguing artefacts like the Key to the Kaaba, this exhibition displays an array of remarkable items to highlight the shared origins of the three monotheistic religions — each an embodiment of beauty and knowledge. As one journeys through this captivating showcase, they’ll uncover how these three faiths share profound roots, enriching their understanding beyond personal beliefs.”
He added, “We are honoured to have partnered with Bibliothèque nationale de France and France Muséums to curate this exhibition, seamlessly bridging and fostering vibrant cultural connections.”