The Louvre-Lens
The Louvre collections ARE in Lens in a building designed by the Japanese firm SANAA (2010 Pritzker Price)

The Louvre-Lens opened its doors to the public the 4th December 2012, on the Saint Barb Day, the patron saint of miners. The prestigious Paris museum settle in the heart of the old coal basin, on a former colliery, nestled between mining mountains and Bollaert Stadium. The winning architectural project by the Japanese firm Sanaa is designed like a succession of buildings. The building’s architecture is open with glass and aluminium walls.

Made up of 205 works of art including numerous masterpieces from all departments of the Louvre, the “Time Gallery” is the only place in the world where it’s possible to see a real procession of art displaying both a remarkable book of knowledge and discoveries as well as a succession of wonders. The Louvre-Lens allows also people a look behind the scenes by allowing public viewing and tours of its reserves or by restoring art in public.
The Louvre-Lens