One of the world's most famous sculptures finds a new home at the Louvre Abu Dhabi - GulfToday

One of the world's most famous sculptures finds a new home at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

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Staff members move Rodin's The Thinker bronze statue during installation at the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi.

The Thinker is a sculpture that is absolutely breathtaking and undoubtedly one of the most famous sculptures of all times. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is now home to this unique piece of art.

His head bent down, chin resting on one hand, a furrowed brow and pressed lips: The Thinker is an epitome of majesty. 

"The sculpture itself is majestic and it's extremely powerful. Rodin is one of the most iconic and most universal artists, so we've got to really to have it in Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The bronze sculpture, on loan for a year from the Rodin Museum in Paris, is one of the original castings made by Auguste Rodin, sometime between 1881 and 1882.

Noujaim said the museum wanted to cast The Thinker as contemplating the modern human condition.

"Rodin was one of the first artists to get really free from the academic schools. This is why we have it in this gallery, addressing the birth of modernity," she said.

Rodin's work was highly controversial in his own time. He traded the idealism of classical European art for a fluid more realistic movement of the body, and often tormented figures.

The Thinker is one of several works by Rodin Louvre Abu Dhabi holds, some on loan and others as part of the permanent collection.

"We have, I think, opened a path of renewing the way where museums work together," Noujaim said.

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Visitors walk through the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel with a honeycombed dome of Arab-style geometric shapes, the museum is intended to be a bridge between East and West.

The galleries display side by side Buddhist, Christian, Islamic and Jewish artifacts to highlight universally shared values.

The museum opened in November 2017 after a decade long wait. It is the first of several monumental projects to open on Saadiyat Island, which will also include a Guggenheim museum by the American architect Frank Gehry. 

The collection includes archaeological wonders, like one of the oldest Qurans ever found that dates from about 900, as well as modernist pieces by Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso.

The Thinker, originally called The Poet, was part of Rodin's larger work The Gates of Hell, depicting a scene from Dante's Inferno.