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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.

The Louvre would like to thank its patrons for the opening of the new galleries of the Department of Islamic Art:



An incredible show of generosity from donors.

The restoration and installation of the Mamluk entrance vestibule, which can be dated from late 15th-century Egypt, and the Cairene mashrabiya window-screen from the Ottoman period, datable to the 18th century, were made possible through the support of Renault, the Louvre International Circle, the Société des Amis du Louvre (Friends of the Louvre), the Fondation Gandur pour l’art, Olivier Chalier Conseils, Philippe Forestier, Jean-Marie Lecomte, François Hemmelmann, Lionel and Ariane Sauvage, and the generosity of the 1,920 donors to the “Treasures of Cairo” fundraising effort.
The Samuel H. Kress Foundation funded a grant dedicated to the Mamluk entrance vestibule.  
The Louvre Patrons Circle, Olivier Chalier and Philippe Forestier provided generous financial support for restorations of the department’s artworks.

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

Online shop

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