Jean Nouvel has created a museum that is set to become the crown jewel of Abu Dhabi. The flying saucer-like structure on Saadiyat Island has become a piece of art in itself. The domed canopy comprises more than 7,000 stars through which the sunlight will shine through, creating what that architect is calling the Rain of Light. The filtering of Abu Dhabi’s harsh light has played a large part in the construction, which is why an ingenious system of blinds has been put in place to keep these priceless works safe. The museum will showcase works loaned by the French museums – such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronniere, works by Henry Matisse and Vincent Van Gogh. But it has also been making its own acquisitions such as a page of the Quran in Kufic script from the ninth century.
The life and work of one of the world’s most iconic designers Yves Saint Laurent is celebrated at this new museum in Marrakech. The architects say that the outside of the building is designed to look like the warp and weft of fabric, while the inside of the museum is designed to look like the velvety lining of a couture jacket. Within the museum that has been created to look as sculptural as one of his pieces, you’ll find some of his most famous garments, ateliers’ sketches and more than 1,000 prints by some of the most renowned photographers, including Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton.