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What's on: Summer at the Louvre

Events and exhibitions at the Louvre

As the world's most famous and prestigious art gallery, the Louvre is a no-brainer and a definite must-see in Paris. Whether you’re a culture vulture, or merely just want to catch a glimpse of the famous Mona Lisa, the Louvre Museum is an iconic monument, landmark and museum. Did you know that Napoleon renamed the Louvre to Musée Napoleon during his reign? And who knew the building was originally the building built as a fortress in 1190? There’s so much history behind this classic French building that is there to be explored, not to mention among its 35,000 works of art! The Louvre is a great gallery to visit, and nestled within the Tuileries Gardens it’s the perfect place for a picnic, too. With a fantastic programme of exhibitions and events held throughout the year, this summer is set to be no different – but perhaps even better. Let’s take a look at what’s on this summer at the Louvre, so you can start planning ahead: The Treasury of the Abbey of Saint Maurice d’Agaune, 14th March - 16th June, 2014 As a substitute for the Abbey, the Louvre has been granted permission to exhibit major pieces from the treasury housed in the Swiss Canton of Valais which will be celebrating its 1,500 years of existence in September. In this exhibition you can admire major pieces of art and artefacts of this religious community that have stood the test of time over a century and a half; the oldest community of its kind in the West. Birth of a Museum Louvre Abu Dhabi, 2nd May - 28th July, 2014 Louvre Abu Dhabi is premiering the best of its new collection in Paris, the first time it’s ever even come to France. 150 of the finest pieces of art will be curated and displayed in Paris, in the exhibition Birth of a Museum, including an Iranian gold bracelet that’s 3,000 years old, an Italian brooch from the 5th century, as well as Jordaen works of art, pieces from Manet, Twombly and Picasso. Louvre Abu Dhabi isn’t actually opening until December 2015 where it will be a revolutionary museum at ‘the crossroads of civilizations’. So head to the Louvre to get a sneak-peak and watch this space. Claude Lévêque - the Biggest Tent in the World, 2nd April - 2nd January, 2015 Housed in the space under the iconic glass pyramid to provide visitors to the exhibition with a ‘powerful visual and sensory shock’. Guest artist in residence, Lévêque, wanted to slice the air underneath the pyramid with his favourite medium: neon. Expect a very contemporary take on art and prepare for the unconventional. The Biggest Tent in the World is a runner up to an intervention extending into autumn 2015 where he’ll take on the underground moat of the medieval part of the Louvre. With plenty to see and do at the Louvre this summer, there’s really no excuse not to visit. From ancient Christian communities to a sneak peak of one of the world’s most exiting museums opening next year, there’s plenty for everyone. With a Paris Pass you can skip the lines and flash your Paris Museum pass for free entry! That’s a saving of €12 per adult. Find out more, here...
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