Jean-Hubert Martin has played a key role in bringing the Louvre to Abu Dhabi and now believes the museum must make the most of its historic opportunity by leading a revolution to redefine art.
Given his CV, you would expect Jean-Hubert Martin to be a pillar of the arts establishment and in many ways that’s exactly what he is.
Until two years ago the 70-year-old Frenchman was part of an advisory committee to Agence France-Museums, the body responsible for delivering Louvre Abu Dhabi, and was also a key member of the negotiating party that drew up the agreement for the museum between the governments of the UAE and France.
But that will not prevent him from calling for a cultural revolution this evening, during Art as a Witness of Globalisation, the latest Louvre Abu Dhabi Talking Art Series at Manarat Al Saadiyat.
“The permanent collections of museums have to be displayed in another way,” the curator says.
“Things move so much faster now and contact between cultures is becoming part of daily reality, but the real challenge is to reflect this in permanent collections that will allow people to understand things in a way that reflects today’s global reality.”
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