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Louvre Abu Dhabi has just unveiled its first exhibition of the year, and it's nothing short of magical. Titled 'From Kalīla wa Dimna to La Fontaine: Travelling through Fables', this showcase promises to take visitors on a journey through time and imagination. Open until July 21, 2024, the exhibition offers a mesmerizing exploration of the literary genre of animal fables, spanning cultures and continents.

Curated by Annie Vernay-Nouri, the exhibition features over 132 artworks, including rare manuscripts, paintings, and contemporary works. As visitors wander through the exhibition's three main sections – Travelling Tales, Telling Stories, and The Fables Today – they'll be transported into a world where animals possess human-like qualities and moral lessons are hidden within every tale.

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Fables, as a genre of literature, have a rich history and cultural significance. Originating in India and Greece, they have evolved over time through the contributions of key figures like Aesop and Ibn al-Muqaffa. This exhibition highlights the impact of these timeless stories, tracing their journey from ancient manuscripts to modern interpretations.

Notable loans from Louvre Abu Dhabi's partners include rare treasures such as one of the oldest illustrated manuscripts of Kalīla wa Dimna, portraits of Jean de La Fontaine, and more. Additionally, visitors can engage with artificial intelligence technology to create their own fables, adding a modern twist to this ancient art form.

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To complement the exhibition, Louvre Abu Dhabi has curated a range of cultural and educational programmes, including curatorial talks, film screenings, and engaging discussions. Whether you're a literature enthusiast, art lover, or simply curious about the power of storytelling, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Don't miss your chance to embark on this enchanting adventure through the world of fables. 

Admission to the exhibition is free with the museum's general admission tickets, and children under the age of 18 enter for free.