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PARIS — We have long loved our illusions.

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Record rainfall in Paris has caused intense and dangerous flooding of the Seine River to the extent that the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay are closing temporarily to safeguard their collections.

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

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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.

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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.

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In Brief

The Louvre Is Empty

by Jillian Steinhauer on November 20, 2015

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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