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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.

Twenty years on from the Louvre’s great pyramid project, the creation of a new Department of Islamic Art within the Musée du Louvre represents a milestone in the history of the museum and former palace. An architectural, cultural, artistic, and civilizational offering, the new department invites visitors on a veritable sensory voyage of discovery into its Islamic collection. A hub of intercultural exchange, it reveals the radiant face of a civilization that encompassed an infinitely varied wealth of humanity.

The Radiant Face of a Great Civilization

Henri Loyrette, President and Director of the Musée du Louvre, explains the implications of this new department within the museum.

Exhibiting Islamic Art

Sophie Makariou, Director of the Department of Islamic Art, invites visitors on a veritable voyage of discovery into the new galleries.

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