Louvre Abu Dhabi launches Radio-Guided Highway Art Gallery

Along road to Dubai, billboards with works of art

07 March, 10:13

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MARCH 7 - The Louvre in Abu Dhabi has launched a project in which 10 billboards display works of art along the E 11 Sheikh Zayed road that connects Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

    The project, known as the Radio-Guided Highway Art Gallery, is how the museum has chosen to celebrate UAE Innovation Month.

    As motorists approach the billboards, which measure 8 by 6 metres, explanations of the artwork are provided via radio by the UAE's three main radio networks.

    The explanations last 30 seconds and are broadcast on stations Radio 1 FM (100.5 FM), Classic FM (91.6 FM) and Emarat FM (95.8 FM). "This exhibition puts Abu Dhabi on the map of global innovation to support its heritage, represented by art, culture, and information," said UAE Culture Minister Noura Al Kaabi.

    "The ancient masterpieces on display include the Mari-Cha Lion, an important Islamic work from the Mediterranean region; the exceptional Egyptian sarcophagus of Princess Henuttawy; a coin inspired by Alexander the Great and discovered in the United Arab Emirates, on loan from the Al Ain Museum; and an 8,000-year-old two-headed statue, one of the oldest monumental statues in the history of mankind, on loan from Jordan's Department of Antiquities. Paintings from the Renaissance to modern times will also go on display. Among these, Leonardo Da Vinci's 'La Belle Ferronnière', on loan from the Musée du Louvre; and Van Gogh's Self-Portrait from 1887 and The Fifer by Édouard Manet, both on loan from the Musée d'Orsay".

    Abu Dhabi's president of the Department of Culture and Tourism, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, said the exhibition "makes art and culture accessible to people, beyond the walls of the museum" by "highlighting some of the museum's iconic masterpieces through a unique audiovisual experience".

    The Highway Gallery will be on display through March 15, along the 100 km between Seih Shuaib and Rahba City.

    The first universal museum in the Arab world, the Louvre Abu Dhabi was inaugurated on November 11, 2017.

    Alongside its collection of artworks and objects spanning the prehistoric to the modern age, the museum will present four special exhibitions per year, organised by its French museum partners and the Agence France-Muséums, as part of a 15-year agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France.(ANSAmed).

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