Louvre Abu Dhabi: sheikh chic throws controversial construction in relief
French institution’s Gulf outpost is mesmerising but treatment of migrant workers who built its light-filled halls haunt it still
Hovering just above the sandy shores of Saadiyat Island like an upturned colander washed up on the beach, the metallic-domed roof of the new Louvre Abu Dhabi doesn’t give much away from the outside.
A cluster of white blocks spread out from beneath the great cupola like scattered sugar cubes, forming little streets and squares, like a village in the desert. And compared with the garish mirror-glass towers of the city’s seafront corniche across the water, this multimillion-pound palace of culture seems almost modest.Continue reading...