After extensive construction delays, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is tentatively planning to open in November, Vincent Noce of the Art Newspaper reports. Since the signing of the $1.9 billion contract more than a decade ago, the opening date for the long-awaited Jean Nouvel–designed institution has been postponed numerous times.
According to sources close to the project, the museum is in the “final stages” of construction and aims to welcome visitors as early as November or December. Around three hundred workers are currently laboring to complete the finishing touches on the venue, and staff members are preparing to bring in artworks, but they must first test the building’s security systems and procedures. An internal memo issued at the Louvre in Paris this week stated that all departments are expected to prepare the works that will be loaned to the institution for shipping to Abu Dhabi. Three hundred works are expected to travel from across France to inaugurate the new museum.
Agence France-Muséums, an umbrella organization created in 2007 to oversee the project, is expected to visit Abu Dhabi this summer for an inspection to determine if it is ready to open its doors. Once it gives the green light, the institution will officially announce its inauguration date.