Why art is popping up on the Sheikh Zayed Road

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Driving between Dubai and Abu Dhabi just got more interesting as Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Highway Gallery returns.

A total of 10 artworks from Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection have been reimagined as 3D sculptures along the E11 Sheikh Zayed Road.

Drivers can tune in to local radio stations to hear a 30-second story about the artwork they’re passing. Set your dial to Radio 1 FM (100.5FM), Classic FM (91.6 FM) and Emarat FM (95.8 FM) to hear explainers voiced by UAE personalities including young inventor Fatima Al Kaabi, chef Khaled Alsaadi, TV host Sherif Fayed and figure skater Zahra Lari.

The artworks featured include a vase discovered in the UAE from 5500 BCE, a 4,000-year-old statuette of an ancient Bactrian Princess and other prized artefacts and a surrealist work by 20th-century painter Joan Miró.

Louvre Abu Dhabi first launched a roadside art gallery showcasing some of the museum’s most treasured pieces in February 2018.

Find out more about the history of Louvre’s journey to the UAE


“The vision of Highway Gallery was always to take Louvre Abu Dhabi’s art works to our public in their everyday lives,” Manuel Rabaté, director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, says.

“With the Highway Gallery 2.0, our collection is brought to life by prominent voices from the UAE telling you the history of these artworks and their hidden stories.

“I encourage people to visit the museum to see these artworks in person, to experience our world-class architecture or our diverse programme of exhibitions, family weekends and Ramadan and summer initiatives, offering something for everyone.”

From 7th April. For more information, visit louvreabudhabi.ae/en/highway-gallery

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