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The New Department
of Islamic Art

The Department of Islamic Art is the newest department in the Musée du Louvre. Created in 2003, its refurbishment has been underway since 2008. From September 2012 it is due to reopen in a completely new, restyled setting, which will provide its collections with a space befitting their prominence within the museum.
Before its inauguration, we invite you to take a look behind the scenes of this incredible project.

Since 2005, the museum’s teams have been engaged in an intensive effort prior to the opening of the new site — a huge documentary undertaking to inventory the existing collections, a large restoration campaign, and an analysis of how to display works to their best advantage in the new premises.

Dress Rehearsals

The choice of pieces — how they will be associated and arranged on plinths or in showcases to form a coherent narrative and seamless display for the visitor — is no trivial matter, but needs to be rehearsed! Here is some behind-the-scenes footage of one of the many rehearsals of the new department’s teams.

The Quest for a Mamluk Entrance Vestibule

Sophie Makariou, Director of the Department of Islamic Art, recalls the various twists and turns in the questioning and “quest” for the reconstitution of a Mamluk entrance vestibule.

Practical information

The new galleries of the Department of Islamic Art will open to the public in September 2012.

For more information:

Department of Islamic Art
Press contact

Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris - France

+ 33 (0)1 40 20 53 17

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Islamic art at the Musee du Louvre

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Images taken between April 2005 and January 2012, audiovisual archive footage on the creation of the Department of Islamic Art.

Images: Richard Copans, Valéry Gaillard, Antoine Parouty, and Renaud Personnaz

Direction and editing: Patrick Ladoucette

Music: Frédéric Perol

English translation: Susan Schneider

Translation coordination: Anne-Myrtille Renoux

© Musée du Louvre 2012