Post image for A Cinematic Journey Through the Louvre and a Dark Chapter in European History

Francofonia bristles at labeling. The latest whatsit by Russian titan Alexander Sokurov moves comfortably between categories.

Continue Reading →
Post image for 16th-Century Visions of the Ruins of Religious Wars

As the 16th-century religious wars raged around Europe, Dutch artist Maarten van Heemskerck collaborated with printmaker Philip Galle on a series of 22 engravings featuring Old Testament destruction.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Artists and Activists Sing, Spill “Oil” in Anti–Fossil Fuel Protests at the Louvre

PARIS — As leaders from around the world met here for a tenth day of climate change policy negotiations, more than a hundred activists and members of several art collectives gathered at the Louvre this afternoon to highlight the institution’s ties to the fossil fuel industry.

Continue Reading →

In Brief

The Louvre Is Empty

by Jillian Steinhauer on November 20, 2015

Post image for The Louvre Is Empty

One week after terrorists killed 129 people in Paris, the French capital remains quiet, including its museums.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Angered Archaeologists Allow Thousands to Enter the Louvre for Free

On Thursday about 100 peeved archaeologists took over the lobby of the Louvre in Paris, blocking the ticket booths for nearly five hours and allowing visitors to enter the museum without paying admission.

Continue Reading →
Post image for French Museum Collections in Trouble

A government audit of 1,218 French museums has revealed that some 80% do not know the full contents of their collections, with many collections facing further serious hazards, Libération reported.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Blowing Smoke: Robert Wilson Agog Over Gaga in Louvre Show

PARIS — I was lucky enough, and I am old enough, to have been in the audience of Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach in 1976 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, and then again at The Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1984.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Museums Beware: Thousands of Fake Louvre Tickets Discovered

China has become famous for its shanzhai culture of imitation, and now, to a long list of arty knockoffs that includes everything from iconic paintings to pop art, we can add museum tickets. Specifically, tickets to the Louvre.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Countdown to Abu Dhabi Begins in Paris

The next few years are going to have the art world’s focus zooming in more and more on West Asia, or at least that’s the expectation of mammoth museums like the Louvre and Guggenheim which both plan to open shiny new outposts in Abu Dhabi. As something of a lead up to this era of eastern art expansion, Walid Raad is collaborating with the Louvre on a project taking place over three years, which began with the opening of the Louvre’s new wing for Islamic Arts in Paris and will continue to their opening in Abu Dhabi in 2015.

Continue Reading →
Post image for Quelle horreur! Louvre Strike Against Pickpocketing Menaces

Tens of thousands of the visitors who mob the Louvre each day drawn by those sirens the slightly smiling Mona Lisa, the amputated beauty the Venus de Milo, and the windswept Winged Victory of Samothrace had their hopes dashed like ships against the rocks by a staff strike in response to pickpocketing. Adding to France’s storied history of disruptive strikes of questionable impact, the Paris museum was shut down Wednesday with a 200 member staff walkout.

Continue Reading →