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Founding Myths. Inaugural exhibition of the Petite Galerie

What is a myth? And how are they portrayed? How are myths passed on to us? How have artists appropriated them? Told, sung, written, and illustrated, myths are a part of all cultures and civilizations, including contemporary popular culture.
Presented in the Petite Galerie throughout the school year, the exhibition “Founding Myths” tells how illustrators, sculptors, painters, puppeteers, filmmakers, and musicians around the world have drawn inspiration from myths, given them form, and brought them to life.
In its desire to make art open to all, the Louvre provides the keys to answer these questions in the Petite Galerie.


Announcement of the Winner for the Development of a Conservation and Storage Facility for the Musée du Louvre in Liévin

The Musée du Louvre and the Nord-Pas de Calais region have announced the winner of the competition to build a conservation and storage facility for the Musée du Louvre in Liévin in northern France (Nord-Pas de Calais). The project has been granted to a consortium consisting of the British architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the consortium’s representative and best known for the British Museum’s new World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre in London (2014); the French firm Mutabilis Paysage (landscape architects); Egis Bâtiments Nord (technical consultancy); Inddigo SAS (environmental consultancy); and VPEAS SAS (economists).


Discriminations Suspicions: the Musée du Louvre’s Answer

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The Louvre Introduces Admission with a Single Ticket

Over the past eighteen months, the Louvre has been implementing a new strategy to promote a more comprehensive and cohesive cultural offering, and in particular to create stronger links between temporary exhibitions and permanent collections.
In line with this strategy, as of July 1, 2015 the Louvre will adopt a simplified price list*, already in use in a number of national and international museums, with a single admission ticket giving access to collections and exhibitions. Free access conditions previously restricted to the permanent collections will be extended to exhibitions.

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New Donation Campaign for the Acquisition of a “Work of Major Heritage Value”

In the wake of the Tous mécènes ! (Become a patron!) donation campaigns launched by the museum in 2010 for a painting by Cranach, in 2011 for the restoration of two treasures from Cairo, in 2012 for the acquisition of two magnificent ivory statuettes thought lost, and in 2013 for the restoration of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Louvre is once again appealing to the generosity of the general public to raise one million euros to add to its national collection with the purchase of the famous Teschen Table, a masterpiece of 18th-century decorative arts and monument commemorating a key moment in European history.


American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life

Co-organized by the Musée du Louvre, the High Museum of Art, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Terra Foundation for American Art, the exhibition “The Simple Pleasures of Still Life” explores the rise of still-life painting in 19th-century America. In the wake of the exhibitions on landscape, genre painting, and portraiture, this exhibition provides a new opportunity to foster dialogue on American painting.
Featuring 10 artworks from the collections of the four partner institutions, this final exhibition follows on from the previous ones to illustrate how American painters like Raphaelle Peale, Martin Johnson Heade, and William Michael Harnett adapted European models to their time and country, and thus contributed to the creation of a national voice.

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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.


Making Sacred Images. Rome-Paris, 1580-1660

The great reform movement that shook the Church in the sixteenth century comprised a profound reflection on the nature of sacred images, fiercely attacked by the Protestants.
With some 85 works (prints and drawings, paintings, objets d’art, sculptures), “Making Sacred Images” aims to explore the complex issues at the heart of the religious art created by the greatest seventeenth-century painters, sculptors, and architects, such as Caravaggio, Annibale Carracci, Guido Reni, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Pietro da Cortona in Rome, and Simon Vouet, Eustache Le Sueur, Philippe de Champaigne, or the Le Nain brothers in Paris.


Poussin and God

In spring 2015 the Musée du Louvre is showcasing the art of the seventeenth century with three exhibitions: two at the Louvre itself (“Poussin and God” and “Making Sacred Images”), the third, “Velázquez,” at the Grand Palais.

Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665) is the greatest French painter of the seventeenth century, considered by some as the greatest of all time. However, the artist, who was described during his lifetime as the “French Raphael,” is less well known today than Watteau, Delacroix, Monet, or Cézanne.
This exhibition, marking the 350th anniversary of the artist’s death, aims to introduce visitors to a little-known but particularly moving aspect of the art of this great French master: his religious painting.

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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.

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