Abu Dhabi, 3/29/2015 10:00:00 PM - Abu Dhabi, March 29, 2015 - Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of Saadiyat’s Cultural District, announced today that it has appointed Meyvaert Glass Engineering, a global market leader in museum interior fit out founded in 1826, to provide the display cases for the art pieces of Louvre Abu Dhabi. The signing of the contract took place in an official ceremony attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, TDIC board member Ali Alhaj Al Mehairbi, and senior representatives from both companies. The Belgian-based company specialized in engineering, producing and installing museum display cases, will provide more than 100 tailored cases that will play a key role of the project’s museography.
The display cases, bases and podiums, will be distributed across the museum’s permanent galleries housing some of the more delicate artefacts of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection, such as a 13th century Syrian section of the Holy Qur’an, containing suras 78 to 114, an Egyptian Mummy bandage from Ptolemaic period, and many more.
Ali Yousif Al Hammadi, the Chief Executive Officer at TDIC said: “This new milestone in the museum’s development reflects our commitment to not only focus on the construction of Louvre Abu Dhabi, but also to ensure that the museum’s interiors meet the highest of standards expected. We are pleased to announce that Meyvaert Glass Engineering will be supplying the display cases for Louvre Abu Dhabi’s art collection, given their international reputation of supplying high quality cases for reputable museums across the world.”
Display cases placed in the middle of the galleries seem to rise up from the ground. The tall display cases and bell jars are generously sized, allowing visitors to discover the works from all points of view. Furthermore, the bases and podiums will blend into the galleries’ surroundings, as though they had taken root in the floor.
The cases’ featured technology will be discreet. Each case will also be equipped with unobtrusive valves that will allow the future installation of devices to facilitate air circulation within, depending on the artefact’s requirements, as well as invisible temperature and humidity detectors. The cases will also feature state-of-the-art security measures which, while invisible to those admiring the museum’s works, will be linked to an internal central command centre.
Steven de Tollenaere, the Chief Executive Officer at Meyvaert Glass Engineering, said: “We are pleased to have been appointed to deliver the display cases for this unique museum, whose technical requirements are of a higher standard than the typical specifications requested. Since the company’s inception in 1826, our cases have been used to display artefacts all around the world, and so we are confident that we can rise to the project’s challenges, which include shipping our individually-designed cases in special temperature-controlled containers, to ensure they remain unscathed, before they are reassembled within the museum.”
Once completed, Louvre Abu Dhabi will encompass 9,200 square metres of art galleries. The 6,681-square-metre Permanent Gallery will house the museum's permanent collection taking the visitor through a universal journey from the most ancient to contemporary art works from different civilisations. The Temporary Gallery will be a dedicated space of 2,364 square metres presenting temporary exhibitions of international standards. The gallery spaces will also include a children’s museum that caters to school-age children.
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