The Louvre Abu Dhabi launches an Art Gallery on a Highway
The recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi holds works from the likes of Auguste Rodin, Alberto Giacometti, and even a Piet Mondrian that formerly belonged to Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. But if you want a real sneak peek of what's inside before you shell out your dirham for admission, you'll have to take a drive. Earlier this week, the museum opened a drive-by art gallery along the E11 highway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The "Highway Gallery" sits alongside an hour-long, 85-mile stretch of the busy road in celebration of the UAE Innovation Month, according to a press release.
Before you worry about distracted driving, the 10 works on display are showcased on 30-by-19-foot billboards, so you won't have to squint to see Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait (1887) or Leonardo da Vinci's La Belle Ferronnière (1495–1499), the first work by the artist ever shown in the UAE. When you pass by the art, spaced at six-mile intervals, you can tune the radio to one of three participating stations—Radio 1 FM (100.5 FM), Classic FM (91.6 FM), or Emarat FM (95.8 FM)—to hear a brief, 30-second description from curators. The initiative, which was conceived with the Department of Culture and Tourism, was created "to reinforce art’s role in elevating everyday life into something beautiful and memorable."
The "Highway Gallery" runs until mid-March, so it's time to book flights and start planning that road trip; perhaps consider driving from Dubai straight to the Louvre Abu Dhabi to see the paintings in real life. And rest assured that on the way, there will be no need for road-trip games like "I Spy."
Source: Conde Nast Traveler.