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Louvre Abu Dhabi

a 10 year-partnership

Created by an exceptional agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France, Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by Jean Nouvel and opened on Saadiyat Island in November 2017. The museum is inspired by traditional Islamic architecture and its monumental dome creates a rain of light effect and a unique social space that brings people together.

Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrates the universal creativity of mankind and invites audiences to see humanity in a new light. Through its innovative curatorial approach, the museum focuses on building understanding across cultures: through stories of human creativity that transcend civilisations, geographies and times.

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The Richard Mille Art Prize

Continuing its commitment to the progression of contemporary art, the Richard Mille brand is proud to be associated with Louvre Abu Dhabi for the next 10 years. Signaling the start of a vibrant, long-term partnership between Richard Mille and Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Middle East’s leading art museum and one of the world’s leading authorities in art, this collaboration reinforces the bond between visual and horological arts, championing visionary creativity and innovative perspectives on a global scale.

Louvre Abu Dhabi and Richard Mille jointly announced in 2021 the launch of a new annual exhibition – called Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here – linked to the creation of The Richard Mille Art Prize. This prize serves as a platform for support and recognition of artists committed to pushing the boundaries of contemporary art within the UAE (United Arab Emirates) and beyond.
Each year, the exhibition will feature the shortlisted artists’ works selected from the submissions received through an open call. The exhibition will be held annually in the Forum, a space of interaction and exchange within Louvre Abu Dhabi dedicated to contemporary art.

‘Richard Mille’s watches have always sat at the intersection of watchmaking tradition, art, innovation and architecture,’ says Peter Harrison, CEO of Richard Mille Europe and Middle East. ‘The Richard Mille Art Prize celebrates the thriving art culture in the UAE, and in the region as a whole; establishing a platform dedicated to creativity, dialogue and diversity. The Richard Mille Art Prize will lay down the foundations for what is certain to be a very exciting chapter in the development of the region’s rich and nuanced art scene.’

Richard Mille and contemporary art

Richard Mille’s creations have been redefining the traditions of haute horology. Approaching each timepiece as a three-dimensional kinetic painting, Richard Mille integrates artistic inspiration into every detail, playing up the full possibilities of space, volume, and movement to create revolutionary watches that reconsider the potential of possibilities.

An avid supporter of contemporary art, Richard Mille has pursued enriching partnerships around the world, including partnerships with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Desert X exhibition in California and the international Frieze Masters art fair; as well as collaborations with prominent artists such as Benjamin Millepied, Thomas Roussel or Pharrell Williams.

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Richard Mille and Louvre Abu Dhabi were delighted to present Nasser Alzayani winner of Abu Dhabi’s Art Here 2021 Exhibition. In an exclusive ceremony on March 10th, guest of honour and member of the Richard Mille family, Pharrell Williams awarded the Bahraini - American artist the Richard Mille Art Prize. His artwork “Watering the distant, Deserting the near, 2021”, explores the alternative narratives of collective experience, incorporating the themes of factual and fictional archaeology to push the possibilities of creative expression.

HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, H.E. Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, Undersecretary of the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, alongside Peter Harrison, CEO of Richard Mille EMEA, and Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, were amongst the esteemed personalities on stage with the jury panel and Pharrell Williams to award Nasser AlZayani and to thank the 7 finalists, Cristiana de Marchi, Latifa Saeed, Mays Albaik, Mohammed Kazem, Tarek Al-Ghoussein and Taus Makhacheva.