Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Children’s Museum reopens on 18 June with Emotions!: The New Art Adventure, an exhibition of 10 artworks and multiple interactive stations. The aim is to familiarise children with identifying emotions – an essential milestone in a child’s development.
Running until 2023, Emotions! will combine entertainment and education across three floors of “immersive experiences, gamification, and interactive play areas” for children aged four to 10.
They start their art ‘adventure’ by creating a personal profile and getting a wristband to collect points through activities and challenges. Visitors are first introduced to artworks from varying periods and geographical locations through a series of observation games, discovering the hidden details and stories behind each work.
Interactive games and activities will include various digital and touchless experiences, in addition to a workshop area with self-led tutorials – presented virtually by three young Emirati artists – on representing emotions through different activities such as drawing, collage and 3D art. Children will also learn how emotions can also be expressed through body language via a touchless interactive game using movement recognition.
There has been a lot of talk about the pandemic’s impact on the emotional and social development of children, so this exhibition look particularly timely – especially as entry is free for kids (and indeed for anyone aged 18 or under). Families need only tickets for accompanying adults at AED 60, or less if you qualify for one of the many discounts. You’ll need to show Green on the Alhosn app to get in, and there are timed visit slots so prebooking (albeit via a particularly longwinded website process) is recommended.
More generally, “the Children’s Museum is at the heart of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s mission to engage the next generation through art” as Louvre AD director Manuel Rabaté put it. It’s certainly been producing some good and engaging exhibitions under the guise of its educational programming: Travelling Shapes and Colours (2017–2018), Animals, Between Real and Imaginary (2018 –2019) and A Costume Adventure (2019 –2020).
More information here.