• 9 Jul 2018

Months after the eventful revelations about the identity of the buyer of the most expensive canvas in the world, Leonardo Da Vici’s Salvator Mundi, the 450 million dollars Artwork will be exhibited on September 8th 2018 at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi © Pixabay

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi saga

The acquisition’s story about the most expensive Artwork in the world sold by Christie’s auction house in November 2017 is full of surprises. It started on December 8th 2017 with an official statement from the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Indeed, the Museum stated that the canvas was purchased by the “Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi” for it to be exhibited in the museum. However, such a statement comes right after the Wall Street Journal Press Release which indicated that the buyer was the Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Art-Trope published an article about it. The Prince supposedly bought the Artwork through an intermediary. Nonetheless, a day before, the New York Times stated that the buyer was Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud. Who is a close associate of the Crown Prince and the current Minister of Culture. He denied the New York Times’ statement. A spokeswoman for the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) confirmed that the painting was acquired by the Department.

This is Leonardo Da Vinci's "Salator Mundi" the most expensive Artwork in the world sold for over 450 million dollars.

Salvator Mundi, around 1500 © Leonardo Da Vinci

An anniversary exhibition to celebrate Leonardo Da Vinci

The Salvator Mundi is included in the exhibition celebrating the 500th anniversary of the painter’s death which wil take place from October 24th 2018 to February 24th 2020. What is at stake is very important for the new Louvre Abu Dhabi which intends on making the Salvator Mundi its “Mona Lisa”. The Chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, Mohaùùed Khalifa Al Mubarak said: “Salvator Mundi represents an important chapter in the history of art, and offers a fully-rounded view of his artistic output. It will play a significant role in Louvre Abu Dhabi’s curatorial narrative, representing a critical moment of historical change that illuminates social evolution at that time”.

Make the Salavator Mundi Abu Dhabi’s “Mona Lisa”

The recent studies about the Louvre Museum in Paris was visited by 7.4 million people in 2016. However, it has been estimated that 80% of them came to see the Mona Lisa, Leonardo Da Vinci’s iconic Artwork. Also, the possibility of lending the Artwork for traveling exhibitions suggested by the French Minister of Culture a couple of months ago which Art-Trope evoked in its article, was declined by the Louvre Museum President Jean-Luc Martinez. As a result, the idea is for the Louvre Abu Dhabi which opened on November 11th 2017, to have on its walls the Mona Lisa equivalent. The Salavtor Mundi, most expensive Artwork in the world, already hit the headlines more than once. There is no doubt its unique acquisition story will draw a lot of visitors to Abu Dhabi.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi © Pixabay


Read our article about the exhibition “Ask yourself” by Photographer and Art-Trope Artist Guillaume Dimanche at the Rencontres de la Photographie here.

Source: the Artnewspaper