ABU DHABI, 29th June, 2018 (WAM) -- A UAE newspaper has said that unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci's famous "Salvator Mundi" in Abu Dhabi confirms UAE's position as a major global centre of art and culture.
"Its unveiling at Louvre Abu Dhabi will confirm the UAE’s position as one of the world’s principal capitals of art and culture," The National wrote in its editorial today.
The paper says that this September, Abu Dhabi will make history by becoming the first permanent home, outside of Europe and the United States, to a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, and it also "conveyed the UAE’s determination to lead the cultural renaissance of this region."
With this painting, Louvre Abu Dhabi, already a world-class museum, will draw the world to it. In October 2019, the painting will travel to France as a loan to Louvre Paris for its planned exhibition to commemorate the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death.
"This exchange will emphasise the special relationship the UAE has forged with France. It will also, in a stroke, reverse the trend of the east borrowing works of art from the west. The arrival of Salvator Mundi will, needless to say, hugely boost the economy. But more than that, it will affirm the message underlying Louvre Abu Dhabi: a commitment to openness and a belief in civilisational flows that transcend manmade boundaries. Its exhibition in Abu Dhabi amplifies the UAE’s foundational values of tolerance and inclusiveness," the Abu Dhabi-based English language newspaper added.