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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 April 2019

The 10 artworks that inspired Louvre Abu Dhabi’s new roadside gallery

The exhibit launches on Sunday and includes seven giant reproduction billboards and three huge replica sculptures inspired by pieces from the museum

The drive along the E11 from Dubai heading into the Capital is about to get a lot more interesting with Louvre Abu Dhabi’s second Highway Gallery.

Launching on Sunday, the showcase is inspired by 10 pieces from the museum’s collection of over 600 artworks. Motorists travelling along the E11 will pass seven, 10-metre high billboards and three 3D-replica sculptures as they cruise along the 100km stretch of road.

Drivers will have the option to tune into Radio 1, Classic FM or Emarat FM for a 30-second description about each piece that will begin as cars approach each work.

A giant Buddhist sculpture replica that is a reproduction of the ancient wooden Guanyin, Bodhisattva of Compassion from China and a replica piece of a 4,000-year-old Bactarian Princess statuette from Central Asia have already been erected. Also in place is a Turban helmet replica of an Ottoman piece of attire and a 3D-model of armour bearing the coat of arms of the feudal lord Nabeshima Yoshishige from China that dates to the 1700s.

Over the next two days the remaining artworks will be put in place. Among these will be a reproduction of the 1871 Portrait of the Artist’s Mother by James Whistler, commonly referred to as Whistler’s Mother. A piece by French modernist Edouard Manet entitled The Bohemian is also set to make an appearance as will Vincent van Gogh’s The Ballroom at Arles, a painting which dates to the time that the troubled artist’s career was at a peak. A replica of a painting by artist Joan Miro from 1927 depicts the Spanish artist’s love of surrealism.

Rounding off the gallery is an Indian gouache print on cloth with gold highlights entitled The Huntress. The final exhibit has close ties to home, it's a replica of The Marawah Vase, a terracotta artefact that was unearthed in one of the oldest villages in the UAE.

Updated: April 7, 2019 02:56 PM

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