Venice, 6th June 2009 French Culture Minister Christine Albane toured yesterday the platform for visual arts launched by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) at the 53rd Venice arts Biennale.
She was accompanied by Bruno Maquart, Chairman of the French Museum Agency, which is supervising the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and French artist and historian Catherine David, supervisor of the platform.
David briefed the minister on the contents of the platform which is a meeting point for discourse and artistic production and will also serve as yardstick for emerging contemporary visual art in the UAE.
The French minister said the remarkable progress of cultural relations between Paris and Abu Dhabi signifies the sincere mutual desire by the governments of the two countries to employ these cultures and civilisations for bringing people more closer and for creating ideal interaction between the history of east and west.
The constructive cultural cooperation between Abu Dhabi and France, she added, would help the two sides translate these noble objectives into reality.
She termed the UAE participation at the biennale as strong and comes within the multilateral cultural bonds between Abu Dhabi and European and global cultural events.
”The genuine partnership in art and culture between France and Abu Dhabi underlines the UAE’s great openness to the foreign world and its sincere desire to embody the message of peace and inter-cultural dialogue,”she added.
Launched by Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, ADACH Chairman, the pavilion includes visual arts, performance, video, and architectural design.
Art works displayed at the ADACH platform explore the impact of globalisation on society.