How Richard Mille creates art with Louvre Abu Dhabi


Strong points

– 10 years of partnership

– Promotion of contemporary art

– Creation of the Richard Mille Art Prize

Continuing its commitment to the advancement of contemporary art, the Richard Mille brand is proud to be associated with the Louvre Abu Dhabi for the next 10 years. Signaling the start of a dynamic, long-term partnership between Richard Mille and Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Middle East’s premier art museum and one of the world’s leading authorities on art, this collaboration strengthens the bond between the visual and watchmaking arts, championing visionary creativity and innovative perspectives on a global scale.

The Richard Mille Art Prize

Louvre Abu Dhabi and Richard Mille have jointly announced in 2021 the launch of a new annual exhibition – titled Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Here – linked to the creation of the Richard Mille Art Prize. This award serves as a platform of support and recognition for artists committed to pushing the boundaries of contemporary art in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and beyond.

Each year, the exhibition will feature the works of shortlisted artists selected from submissions received through an open call. The exhibition will be held each year at the Forum, a space for interaction and exchange within the Louvre Abu Dhabi dedicated to contemporary art.

The Richard Mille Art Prize in 2021, as part of the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates, explores the theme of “memory, time and territory”. Open exclusively to artists based in the United Arab Emirates for this first year, the exhibition focuses on the talents and perspectives of citizens and residents of the country on this momentous occasion. Taking place from November 18, 2021 to March 27, 2022, this first edition marks the arrival of an unmissable annual event for art connoisseurs. Judged by an international panel of renowned art collectors, curators and critics, a contemporary artist will be selected to become the first-ever recipient of the Richard Mille Art Prize. The award ceremony will take place in January 2022.

“Richard Mille watches have always stood at the intersection of watchmaking tradition, art, innovation and architecture,” says Peter Harrison, CEO of Richard Mille Europe and Middle East. “The Richard Mille Art Prize celebrates the thriving artistic culture of the UAE and the region as a whole; setting up a platform dedicated to creativity, dialogue and diversity. The Richard Mille Art Prize will lay the groundwork for what is sure to be a very exciting chapter in the development of the region’s rich and nuanced art scene.

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Richard Mille and contemporary art

Richard Mille’s creations redefine the traditions of fine watchmaking. Approaching each timepiece like a three-dimensional kinetic painting, Richard Mille incorporates artistic inspiration into every detail, playing on all the possibilities of space, volume and movement to create groundbreaking timepieces that reconsider the potential of possibilities. . A fervent supporter of contemporary art, Richard Mille has pursued rewarding partnerships around the world, including partnerships with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Desert X exhibition in California, and the international art fair Frieze Masters; as well as collaborations with renowned artists such as Benjamin Millepied, Thomas Roussel or Pharrell Williams.

The Jury

The members of the 2021 jury are His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, President of UAE Unlimited, art collector and patron of the Center Pompidou, the British Museum, the Sharjah Art Foundation; Christine Macel, chief curator of the National Museum of Modern Art, Center Pompidou and art critic; Hala Wardé, founding architect of HW Architecture, long-time partner of Jean Nouvel and leader of the Louvre Abu Dhabi project; and Dr. Souraya Noujaim, Scientific Director, Conservation and Collections Management at Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Selected artists

The finalists for the Richard Mille Art Prize 2021, in collaboration with Louvre Abu Dhabi, are:

  1. Cristiana de Marchi (born in 1968, nationality: Italian – Lebanese)
  2. Latifa Saeed (born in 1985, nationality: Emirati)
  3. Mays Albaik, (born in 1991, nationality: Palestinian)
  4. Mohammed Kazem (born in 1969, nationality: Emirati)
  5. Nasser Alzayani (born in 1991, nationality: Bahraini)
  6. Tarek Al-Ghoussein (born in 1962, nationality: Palestinian – Kuwaiti)
  7. Taus Makhacheva (born in 1983, nationality: Russian)

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Created by an exceptional agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France, Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by Jean Nouvel and opened on Saadiyat Island in November 2017. The museum is inspired by the traditional Islamic architecture and its monumental dome creates a rain of light effect and a unique social space that brings people together.

Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrates the universal creativity of humanity and invites the public to see humanity in a new light. Through its innovative curatorial approach, the museum focuses on building understanding between cultures: through stories of human creativity that transcend civilizations, geographies and eras.

The museum’s growing collection is unparalleled in the region and spans thousands of years of human history, including prehistoric tools, artifacts, religious texts, iconic paintings, and contemporary works of art. The permanent collection is supplemented by rotating loans from 13 French partner institutions, regional and international museums.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a testing ground for new ideas in a globalized world and champions new generations of cultural leaders. Its international exhibitions, programming and children’s museum are inclusive platforms that connect communities and provide fun for all.

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