The new expanded space of the Louvre Museum’s Department of Islamic Art in Paris, housing important artifacts from the Arab world, was recently inaugurated in the presence of Princess Lamia Bint Majed Al Saud, Secretary-General of the Saudi Alwaleed Philanthropies Foundation.
The Louvre Museum in Paris has just welcomed more than twelve centuries of Islamic art. A new, expanded space dedicated to the museum’s Department of Islamic Art was recently inaugurated by Princess Lamia Bint Majed Al Saud, Secretary-General of the Alwaleed Philanthropies Foundation.
We believe that art has a particular ability to unite people of different cultures and faiths. The new expanded spaces allow visitors to enjoy world-class Islamic art and appreciate the common human values expressed in its creativity. It is important to note that this space has also been designed to include everyone, with interactive features to ensure that art can be experienced by all
With nearly 3,000 objects discovered between Spain and India, passing through the Arabian Peninsula, and dating from the 7th century to the 19th century, the department now has one of the largest collections of Muslim art and artifacts in the world. In order to make the visit more immersive, each visitor will benefit from an explanation of the evolution in style, form and medium of each work.
The Arab world at the Louvre Paris
Since the creation of the “Muslim Arts” section in 1893, which became the department: “Arts of Islam” in 2003, the Louvre Paris has constantly highlighted the richness and diversity of artistic creations in the lands of Islam.
source: Louvre Museum Paris
Today, museography makes it possible to draw up a panorama of artistic achievements from the beginnings of Islam in the 7th century to the beginning of the 19th century: architectural elements, objects made of ivory, stone, metal, glass or ceramics, textiles and carpets or even book arts. In this open space on two levels, on the ground floor and on the ground floor, the arrangement of the many artifacts highlights the confrontation of different cultures and the permanent exchanges between the regions of the Islamic world.