Naina Shahani 21 Feb 2018 AT 09:53 AM

Louvre Abu Dhabi has just launched a highway gallery

Art on-the-go, anyone?
Naina Shahani 21 Feb 2018 AT 09:53 AM
Louvre Abu Dhabi has just launched a highway gallery
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Since the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors three months ago, you’ve probably been hearing about it from friends who’ve visited or it’s been making a steady appearance on your Instagram feed. If you haven’t been there yet and need a little encouraging to pay the museum a visit, a drive should do the trick.

Art enthusiasts are in for a treat as the iconic museum has launched a ‘Highway Gallery’ between Dubai and Abu Dhabi on the E11 highway. The open-air gallery which sits alongside the 136-km stretch of road offers you a peek into some of the pieces housed in the museum. Think of it as a preview before the main show. 

Created in celebration of the UAE Innovation Month, Saif Ghobash, Director General Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, says the idea was to do “something pioneering”.

"The concept is: you’re on the highway for about an hour and a half and we have a lot of art here, and so we brought the art to you on the road. You can see a piece and listen to a nicely curated explanation of it," he explains. 

The gallery, which runs until mid-March, features reproduced pieces of Leonardo da Vinci's ‘La Belle Ferronnière’, Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Self-Portrait’, a 2,000 year old coin from the UAE as well as seven other artworks that are showcased on 9m by 6m billboard, allowing commuters to get a clear view without having to slow down. 

Spaced at 10-km intervals, the artworks are accompanied with 30-second descriptions (title, artist, technique and context), that are written in both English and Arabic, from curators which can be heard of any one of the three participating radio stations - Radio 1 FM (100.5 FM), Classic FM (91.6 FM) or Emarat FM (95.8 FM).

Louvre Abu Dhabi

If you haven't heard of Louvre Abu Dhabi, here's what you need to know... 

  • Ten years in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel.
  • The design was inspired by the UAE’s rich architecture and tradition.
  • The museum is home to a number of artworks from leading French institutions such as the Louvre Museum, the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Around five per cent of the museum will be dedicated to contemporary and modern art.

If you're planning a trip down to visit the museum this weekend or in the next five days, you might want to take note of the below... 

Roads in the capital will be partially closed over the next five days for the Abu Dhabi Tour. 

Motorists can expect closures on the following streets:

Wednesday - Madinat Zayed, Shams Solar Power Station on E45 and Liwa region on E90.

Thursday - Yas Island, Reem Island, Al Rahba, Al Samha, Khalifa Port, Al Taweelah, Al Sader and Al Bahia.

Friday - Corniche, Al Bateen Street, Al Khaleej Al Arabi, Mussafah bridge, Al Wathba, Baniyas City, Yas Island Saadiyat Island, Louvre Abu Dhabi interchange.

Saturday - Al Maryah Island, Zayed the First Street and Gate Towers.

Sunday - Al Ain, Sweihan, UAE University, Abu Dhabi-Al Ain truck road and Jebel Hafeet.

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