Can you build a cultural quarter?
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20 November 2017
Photo: Mohamed Somji
We head to Saadiyat Island, home to the new Louvre Abu Dhabi, to find out what adorns the walls of this branch of the French mega museum – and whether it will be a success.
20 November 2017
Photo: Mohamed Somji
This new home to the Louvre is a just off the shore of Abu Dhabi, where we’ll soon see more major museum openings, such as the Guggenheim and the Zayed National. But can you just plonk culture down wherever you please and hope it blossoms? Razan Alzayani is co-founder of ‘Kerning Cultures’, a Middle East podcast, and brings us this report.
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