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What is, and what was luxury? This story celebrates a world history of the lavish and the luxurious through 350 extraordinary objects – fashion, jewellery, art, furniture, design and more.

Spanning thousands of years, marvel at the ways in which luxury has been interpreted by diverse cultures: from extravagant offerings for the divine, to golden furniture fit for royalty and the iconic couture of fashion houses and virtuoso objects of luxury houses, as Christian Dior, Chanel, Cartier, Balenciaga and Hermès Discover how different cultures have defined luxury and the impact of such excess on the evolution of society, as a way to undermine or underline the status quo. Consider the prominent role of women in defining luxury, and with it, the ebb and flow between excess and moderation. We explore what elevates an object to the realm of precious - be it time, craftsmanship, or rarity.
Drawing on the collections of Musée des Arts Décoratifs and other French museums, including Musée du Louvre and Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, this exhibition offers a rare chance to glimpse, revel in and evaluate true luxury. The exhibition is curated by Olivier Gabet, Deputy Managing Director of Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Scenography of the exhibition is by studio Adrien Gardère.

Admission is included with your museum general admission ticket.
Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Club Members visit for free.

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Special Exhibitions - Mini Tours
Complimentary 30 minutes activity as part of the museum general admission ticket
Timing: Daily 11.30 and 14.30
Duration: 30 minutes

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