The musée du quai Branly is an active partner in the Louvre Abu Dahbi project and sits on the board of the Agence France-Museums
This structure was founded in 2007 and brings together twelve establishments: the musée du Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, the musée d’Orsay, the musée du quai-Branly, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Réunion des musées nationaux, the musée et domaine national de Versailles, the musée Guimet, the musée Rodin, the Ecole du Louvre, the domaine national de Chambord and the Etablissement public de maîtrise d’ouvrage des travaux culturels.
The Agence France-Museums works in close collaboration with the community of French museums to carry through France’s commitments to the project of the universal museum of the Louvre Abu Dahbi.
Designed by architect Jean Nouvel (the architect who designed the musée du quai Branly), the Louvre Abu Dahbi is scheduled to open to the public at the end of 2015.
This international cultural cooperation project is also a cooperation between French museums. Over a ten year period the Louvre Abu Dahbi will be exhibiting, by rotation, works from public French collections, showcasing intercultural dialogue and nurturing an understanding of civilizations, by exploring the links between Occidental, Oriental, Asian, African and Australasian art and culture.
The first stone of the Louvre Abu Dahbi was laid on 23 May 2009 by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, and by the Abu Dahbi’s Crown Prince, Cheikh Mohammad Ben Zayed AI-Nahyane. To mark this occasion, the Louvre Abu Dahbi’s first acquisitions were presented alongside a selection of works on loan from France, including a Tsonga headrest from Zambia, dating from the second half of the XIXth century, which belongs to the musée du quai Branly.