Louvre Abu Dhabi presents creations of four UAE-based contemporary artists

Abu Dhabi, UAE

As part of the Emirati-French Cultural Programme, Khalid Shafar, Talin Hazbar, Vikram Divecha, and Zeinab Alhashemi worked with traditional French manufacturers to design artworks inspired by the theme of ‘Time’

© Louvre Abu Dhabi Photography by Greg Garay


In December 2017, Louvre Abu Dhabi presented Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir-faire, a unique exhibition of four contemporary works of art created by UAE-based artists in collaboration with premium French manufacturers. The exhibition will be on display until 25 March 2018 in the museum’s Forum.

Co-Lab is part of the Emirati-French Cultural Programme: Dialogue with Louvre Abu Dhabi, an initiative established by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and France’s Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture and the Institut Français.


  • Khalid Shafar & The manufactu¬ring company of Beauvais © Louvre Abu Dhabi - Photography by Greg Garay


The artworks on display in this exhibition combine the artists’ creativity and artistic vision with the technique and know-how of the French manu­facturers. The four artistic projects revolve around the central the­me of ‘Time’. Each artist expressed this theme using different approaches and materials. The Sèvres ceramic techniques, the weaving art of Beauvais, the artistic glasses of Saint-Just and the architectural embroidery from MTX, are reworked and exalted by the creative minds of the four UAE-based artists, who have created unique artworks that reflect both an understanding of the UAE, and a reinvention of the use of histo­rical French techniques. With a view to a mutual inspiration, the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres opened its doors to Talin Hazbar to work on ceramics. The manufactu­ring company of Beauvais embarked upon a collaboration with Khalid Shafar, around the art of weaving. The luxury glassware firm of Saint-Just teamed up with Zeinab Alhashemi. The MTX Broderie Architec­turale engaged with Vikram Divecha.


  • Taline Hazbar & the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres © Louvre Abu Dhabi Photography by Erik and Petra Hesmerg

Vikram Divecha & The MTX Broderie Architecturale
© Louvre Abu Dhabi Photography by Greg Garay


  • Zeinab Alhashemi & Saint-Just © Louvre Abu Dhabi Photography by Erik and Petra Hesmerg


Alia Zaal Lootah, the curator of the Exhibition, said: It is with great pleasure that we display in the Louvre Abu Dhabi these collaborative works, which have been two years in the making. This marriage of skills has resulted in true mutual inspiration, each partner learning from the other, and the results are unique. We look forward to sharing them with the public, and hope to inspire up and coming artists and designers to explore new techniques and collaborations.”



Louvre Abu Dhabi is a universal museum on Saadiyat Island that exhibits art and artefacts from ancient times to the present day. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum contains 12 chapters in the galleries, special exhibition spaces, a Children’s Museum, auditorium, restaurants, retail and a research centre. Surrounded by the sea, the buildings are connected by waterfront promenades beneath the museum’s stunning dome.

Louvre Abu Dhabi has developed a rich collection of works originating from throughout human history and around the world, brought together to highlight universal themes and influences. To date, Louvre Abu Dhabi has acquired more than 600 artworks, exhibited alongside 300 works on loan from 13 leading French institutions.

Louvre Abu Dhabi was born out of a unique intergovernmental agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France in 2007. As part of the agreement, Louvre Abu Dhabi has access to expertise and training from 17 French partner institutions, as well as loans from 13 leading French museums for 10 years, and will benefit from special exhibitions organised by these institutions for 15 years.

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