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A different Kind of Louvre
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Henri Loyette, the Executive Director's of the Louvre Museum, sees the Louvre-Lens as a "museum of the 21st century" offering a new look at art.

Made up of 205 works of art including numerous masterpieces from all departments of the Louvre, the "Grande Gallery" will be the only place in the world where it will be possible to see a real procession of art displaying both a remarkable book of knowledge and discoveries as well as a succession of wonders. Presented in chronological order, the works of art will recount the history of the Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic and European empires.

Besides this 5 year exhibition of the Louvre's collections, the Louvre-Lens will also host every year two temporary exhibitions which will last 3 or 4 months. These exhibitions will be designed to attract a wide regional, national, and international public presenting other artworks from the Louvre but also from many French and foreign museums.
The inaugural winter exhibition will be dedicated to the Renaissance and the summer one to the "Europe of Rubens".

The Louvre-Lens will also allow people a look behind the scenes by allowing public viewing and tours of its reserves or by restoring art in public.

Hall d'accueil - image Cyrille Thomas © SANAA / Imrey Culbert / Catherine Mosbach Parvis est - image Cyrille Thomas © SANAA / Imrey Culbert / Catherine Mosbach Pavillon de verre - image SANAA © SANAA / Imrey Culbert / Catherine Mosbach
A different kind of Louvre
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