Critically acclaimed exhibition explores the history of the Arabian Peninsula through archaeological and cultural artefacts from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, on display at Louvre Abu Dhabi.
LOUVRE ABU DHABI OPENED Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia, the second international exhibition of the museum’s cultural season, exploring the rich history of the Arabian Peninsula through archaeological and cultural artefacts, including a selection of rare pieces from the UAE.
Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia explores five chapters in the history of the Arabian Peninsula, spanning early prehistoric settlements; maritime exploration; caravan trading routes that linked the region with Asia, Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean; routes of holy pilgrimage emerging in the 7th century CE; and the social and economic developments between the 14th and 16th centuries that set the stage for the modern day region.
Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: “Over the past year, Louvre Abu Dhabi has been telling the world’s universal story through its international exhibitions and innovative programming. Louvre Abu Dhabi’s ambition is to celebrate cross-cultural connections and highlight bridges between civilisations.”
The important archaeological pieces from the UAE, include a pearl found in Umm Al Quwain dating from 5500-5300 BCE (loaned by Umm Al Quwain Museum); a stone decorated with a wild camel from the late 3rd millennium BCE (loaned by Al Ain Museum), as well as objects from Julfar (loaned by the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah). These will be displayed alongside significant artefacts from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including outstanding funerary Neolithic stela, a 3rdcentury BCE bronze statue head (loaned by the Department of Archaeology at King Saud University); a 1st-century BCE gold funerary mask from Eastern Province (loaned by th National Museum in Riyadh), 9th-century engraved steles (loaned by King Fahad National Library); 4th-millennium BCE Anthropomorphic stele (loaned by the National Museum in Riyadh); a door of the Kaaba dating to 1355 (loaned by the National Museum in Riyadh), and a key of the Kaaba (loaned by the Department of Islamic Art at the Musée du Louvre).
As a part of the programme, Emirati artist Hind Mezaina has curated a series of film screenings, taking place each Saturday from January 5 to 26, featuring documentaries and films relating to the Arabian world, past and present.
GO: ENTRANCE TO THE EXHIBITION IS FREE WITH THE MUSEUM TICKET. THROUGH THE MULTIMEDIA GUIDE, VISITORS CAN FOLLOW NOËMI DAUCÉ, ONE OF THE EXHIBITION’S CURATORS, ON A UNIQUE TOUR, AS SHE SHARES INSIGHTS INTO THE MASTERPIECES OF THE EXHIBITION. VISIT WWW.LOUVREABUDHABI.AE FOR MORE INFORMATION.