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10,000 Years of Luxury

30 October

AED 63

Could there be a better exhibition for the UAE? Organised with the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, this show covers fashion, furniture, art, and jewellery – but claims to shows ‘luxury’ as “being more than just the valet section of The Dubai Mall: appreciation of craft and even a love of excess are cultural constants”.

Obviously this is going to a be a good-looking show, with around 350 pieces on show (including the art deco screen above). But the historical sweep of the curation suggests that the exhibition will look at what qualifies an object as ‘precious’ or ‘luxury’: it could be time, craftsmanship, rarity … or maybe greed, covetousness, or just FOMO. As the blurb puts it: “The exhibition presents multiple narratives of luxury from ancient civilisations and their worship of the gods, to the exquisite finery of the 18th-century French court of Versailles, as well as the ways in which the Industrial Revolution transformed both our interpretation and consumption of luxury goods …

To 18 February.



30 October
AED 63
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