Islam arrives in Paris. On 22 September, the Louvre Museum opened a new gallery of Islamic art.
The Galleries now has a permanent home for the richness of the Islamic world. This incredible collection of Islamic art is the biggest in France and one of the most important in the world.
With more than 2,500 objects that were never previously exposed to the public and now occupy an area of 3 000 square meters. 3000 meters square that show the cultural breadth of the Islamic world, from Spain to India, between the seventh century and nineteenth.
This gallery marks a key moment in the Louvre’s history and is the first major architectural intervention since the glass pyramid of IM Pei 1989.
The new gallery designed by Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti, consists of a glass pavilion on two levels, covered by a floating roof steel, which seems made of gold. Another aspect worthy of admiration is the interior design of the museum, designed by architect Renaud Pierard.
Wonder why such admiration? The truth is that this interior design allows the curious visitors contextualize the works on display, placing them historically and geographically, deciphering motives and figures, and even comparing their own findings with those of experts. A place where knowledge and experience are essential.
Another valued aspect is the contrast between the collections to raise awareness and curiosity of the visitor. Situated in the Cour Visconti new gallery is surrounded by a redesigned exhibition space dedicated to the “Eastern Mediterranean in the Roman Empire,” which features galleries of Late Antiquity in the eastern Mediterranean, including works of Roman and Coptic Egypt, Syria, Phoenicia and Palestine.
A sea of visual experiences results in a true cultural and historical legacy of Islam.