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The “Pyramid” Project (2014-2016). Improving visitor reception
In late June 2014, the Musée du Louvre embarked on what will be its biggest construction project in the coming few years. Inaugurated in 1989, I.M. Pei’s Pyramid was originally designed to receive 4.5 million visitors. Twenty years later, annual museum attendance has nearly reached the 10 million mark, with 70% of all visitors coming from abroad. An insufficient carrying capacity results in considerable inconvenience, such as long waiting lines and noise pollution, and makes it difficult for visitors to find their bearings.
As part of a wider effort to promote the Louvre’s collections, the Pyramid Project is the first phase of a large-scale project aiming to put the visitor back at the center of the museum and its permanent collections.
The entrances and reception areas under the Pyramid will be reorganized, moving logistical functions such as ticket sales, cloakrooms and restrooms to the Pyramid’s outermost perimeter in order to enhance visitor experience. With this project, conceived by museum staff and architectural firm Search, the iconic Hall Napoléon will revert back to its original function as visit planning area, regaining its grandeur and serenity without losing its architectural integrity.
The Springtime of the Renaissance. Sculpture and the Arts in Florence, 1400-1460
Following upon major exhibitions devoted to masters of the High Renaissance—Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael—The Springtime of the Renaissance deals with the genesis of this major artistic and cultural movement, which first arose in Florence in the early years of the fifteenth century. Sculpture, an essential aspect of this rebirth, is the central focus of this exhibition. Some 140 works are presented, including several monumental ones, grouped into ten thematic sections. In addition to sculptures, the exhibition also features paintings, drawings, manuscripts, silver and gold pieces, and tin-glazed earthenware (majolicas).
Published on Jun 20, 2013
The Saint Anne, Leonardo da Vinci’s Ultimate Masterpiece
The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne is one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most ambitious compositions. Celebrated already by those having visited the Florentine master’s studio in the early stages of the painting’s conception, this work was the culmination of a long process occupying the artist during the last twenty years of his life. To this day, a number of questions remain unanswered, particularly as to the origin of the commission, how the painting evolved, and its early history. Recently, several historical and scientific discoveries have provided important clues, although without resolving all of the doubts surrounding this work.
Published on Jan 14, 2013
The Saga of the Thracian Kings. Archaeological Discoveries in Bulgaria
Home to Orpheus and various legendary kings featured in Homer, Thrace is still a little-known region whose splendors are now being slowly revealed thanks to recent archaeological research.
During the classical period there emerged a new regional power, the Odrysian kingdom, on the edges of the Greek world and the Persian Empire. Numerous graves of kings and aristocrats uncovered in recent decades have yielded ceramic, bronze, and golden furnishings that testify to the wealth of Thrace. Located between the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea, Thrace was stimulated by its multifarious contacts with surrounding civilizations. This exhibition will explore the reality and complexity of the Odrysian kingdom through artifacts from Bulgarian museums.
Published on Jun 16, 2015
The Louvre invites Robert Wilson. Living Rooms
Some forty years after he first created a sensation on the French theater scene with Deafman Glance, Robert Wilson is the Louvre’s latest guest curator. No mere retrospective or remembrance, this event marks an unprecedented collaboration between the world’s quintessential museum and the artist who, in the words of Louis Aragon, is “what we, from whom Surrealism was born, dreamed would come after and go beyond us.”
Published on Oct 31, 2013
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