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The Louvre Pyramid Turns 30
Vue de la Pyramide du Louvre,
© Ieoh Ming Pei, © Getty Images Cebb-Photo
Acknowledgments: The program celebrating the Pyramid’s 30th anniversary was sponsored by DS Automobiles. The exhibition “The Louvre Pyramid Turns 30” was supported by Saint-Gobain.
The Louvre Pyramid was inaugurated on March 29, 1989 by François Mitterrand, the President of the French Republic at the time. The event represents a highlight in the history of French museums.
Designed by the architect Ieoh Ming Pei, the Pyramid is a fitting symbol for a museum open to the world.
The festive events designed to celebrate the Pyramid throughout its anniversary year include the following:
Free public events
- JR at the Louvre: the creation of a collaborative work on the scale of the Cour Napoléon by the artist JR, assisted by 400 volunteers (March 26 to 31)
- Spotlight on Students (March 29)
- A symphonic concert by the Paris Orchestra under the Pyramid on Music Day, June 21
- “Un break à Mozart,” a hip hop creation by choreographer Kader Attou in the Cour Napoléon (July 12, 13 and 14)
- The passage of the last stage of the Tour de France (July 28)
- “La Pyramide a 30 ans. Son histoire en photos avec Paris Match,” a free-entry exhibition illustrating the history of the Louvre Pyramid with photos from Paris Match magazine, in the Carrousel Garden, (March 29 to May 28)
Two study days in the auditorium on March 29 and 30: the story of the excavations, the Grand Louvre project and its contribution to our ideas for the future of museums.
- “Forgotten Kingdoms. From the Hittite Empire to the Arameans,” May 2 to August 12, 2019
- “Leonardo da Vinci,” October 24, 2019 to February 24, 2020
- “A Tribute to Pierre Soulages,” December 11, 2019 to March 9, 2020
A series of concerts and movies in the auditorium
- “30 years of music”: carte blanche to the cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker for one week in May 2019
- “Filming at 30”: a selection of legendary movies made by directors aged around 30, presented by young critics, April 5 to October 4, 2019
The Louvre is open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free admission on the first Saturday of each month
from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.