How often do we have the opportunity to talk about the luxury of 10,000 years ago?
About cavemen, relatively often, but about luxury, not so regularly, we must admit. Well, although many things can amaze us in Abu Dhabi, this exhibition at the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum is something completely different. Named 10,000 years of luxury, the exhibition will be open until February 18, 2020, and features more than 350 items, many of which have been passed down from generation to generation, from epoch to epoch.
We can see jewelry pieces, fashion items, art objects, furniture, cutlery and much more, all wrapped up in a veil of luxury. Guests will be welcomed by one of the more spectacular settings - Abu Dhabi Pearl - an 8,000-year-old jewel that has recently been discovered. An Iranian water tank dating from the seventh century BC is also there, just like the famous "little black dress" by Gabriel Chanel.
Still, the exhibition would not be an exhibition without artwork, so guests will get the opportunity to enjoy art pieces ranging from medieval engravings, through the Renaissance, all the way to modern sculptures.
The exhibition is curated by Olivier Gabet, director of the Paris Museum of Fine Arts. He believes in the simplicity and beauty of small things, which is evident in the way he accentuates a number of objects, rather than describing them literarily as is otherwise common in museums.
Visitors will be able to navigate through different rooms with diverse themes. For example, there is a room called "Luxury at court" that shows us 18th-century European courts, with items collected in new countries such as Africa, Asia and America.
The last room you can see in the exhibit is actually an hourglass filled with gold sand. It actually lets us know how valuable time is and how much we lose due to climate change.