Thousands of guests dressed entirely in white gathered in the Tuileries gardens in Paris, for a “Dinner in White” in front of the Louvre. The giant chic picnic is an annual tradition in the city of lights, and its location is only revealed to participants at the last minute.
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The Louvre museum in Paris has reopened to the public after it was closed for one day on Monday, when workers complaining about overcrowding walked out. (May 29)
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Paris’ riverside Big Wheel attraction will be free for Parisian visitors until 18 May, when it is set to close for the final time. Last November, Paris councillors voted almost unanimously to axe the “Grande Roue”, which has sat intermittently on the Place de la Concorde near the Louvre museum since 1993.
The Louvre briefly evacuates one its busiest rooms after black-clad environmental activists staged a protest against oil giant Total’s patronage of the Paris museum. About a dozen protesters lay down on the floor in front of “The Raft of the Medusa”, an iconic 19th-century painting by Theodore Gericault showing the shipwreck of a French navy frigate.
Iranians gave a warm welcome to a new exhibition by France’s Louvre — the first major show by a foreign museum in the country.
More than a decade in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opens its doors, celebrated in Paris with images of the new museum projected onto the iconic Louvre pyramid.
Louvre Abu Dhabi just opened 10 years after the project was announced in 2007. The art museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, cost over £1 billion to make.
Abu Dhabi is renting the name “Louvre” for 30 years andy paid France £399 million to do so.
They also loaned 300 artworks from France, which cost £571 million. Just like Paris, the museum has a Da Vinci portrait, “La Belle Ferronniere,” which is also on loan.
There are more than 620 pieces and artefacts on display including Degas, Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. There’s also a Napoleon painting from Jacques-Louis David.
Only 235 pieces are from the museum’s own collection. Loans come from 13 French museums like Pompidou, Musee d’Orsay, and Versailles.
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The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to bear the Louvre name outside France, presents around 600 pieces in a modern, light-filled structure in harmony with its desert-island setting.
Paris’s Pompidou Centre has put a 12-meter, sexually explicit sculpture from Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout on display after it was deemed too racy for the Louvre. “Domestikator” was originally meant to stand in the Tuileries Gardens as part of the International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC), but the museum pulled out fearing it wouldn’t be well-received by the public.
France’s tourism sector was hit hard following the Paris attacks in November 2015, soon followed by the truck attack in Nice, but figures have slowly started to pick up. High-kicking dancers are enthralling full houses at the Moulin Rouge and art lovers are swarming the Louvre once again as the City of Light enjoys a tourism revival, with a record 2.6 million foreign visitors in the first four months of this year.