Foreword to the Arabic edition
In 2017, The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened. But the museum did not have enough objects to fill its display cases. This was expected all along, and the Paris Louvre had prepared 300 objects to travel to Abu Dhabi for the museum’s opening. Of the 300 objects, 22 were affected by the journey in very strange ways: the objects’ outline remained intact, but their façade (or skin) was that of another object. And just as curiously, it was discovered that the objects had been unusually annotated and archived in Paris.
Here, I present copies of the paperwork sent by the French registrars to Abu Dhabi.