Paris: Louvre to re-open Islamic art gallery

According to the Louvre, the gallery was first opened in 2003.


France's world-famous Louvre Museum is readying to receive its groundbreaking Islamic section that will showcase the world's most comprehensive Islamic art collection and reflect the European country's inclusion of its sizable Muslim minority.

"Islamic exhibitions have always been a huge success with the public," Sophie Makariou, head curator of the Louvre's Islamic art department, told the Guardian on Thursday, July 17.

The first stone of the Louvre's new Arts of Islam gallery was laid Wednesday in a ceremony attended by President Nicolas Sarkozy and the major donor for the project, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.

Due to open in 2010, the $135m wing will display Islamic art masterpieces from the seventh to the 19th century and from across three continents.


The Islamic art section will also reflect France's inclusion of its sizable Muslim population.

"It is important for France… to create something that speaks directly to the presence of Muslims in this country," the project's architect, Rudy Ricciotti, told the Guardian.

France is home to nearly seven million Muslims, the biggest Muslim minority in Europe.

Most French Muslims have Moroccan and Algerian roots.

One of the groundbreaking pieces to be showcased is a shimmering glass wave hanging over the wing's courtyard.

The piece, known as the Veil, is described by its architects as a giant glass Muslim headscarf "blown in by the wind" at the heart of Paris.

Ricciotti believes the Louvre's bold Islamic art section will make a political statement through cultural means.

"This is a political museum in the noble sense of the term, in that the secular republic recognizes all its people."

Source: Islam Online (English)


Arius said...

This is sick. Most of the cultural and artistic achievements attributed to Islam were produced by dhimmi Christians and Jews. As the dhimmis declined due to mass murder and oppression there was a likewise decline of Islamic civilization (a fake civilization since it stood upon the achievements of dhimmis).

We can depend on the Louvre to not make a single mention of the importance of the dhimmi Christians and Jews to the so-called Islamic civilization of the followers of the pedophile prophet of mass murder.

Daphne said...

Also much of islamic science was stolen in the islamic invasions. Many people attribute the use of zero to islam. It was an hindu innovation.
During the "Golden Age" of Islam the doctrine did not have the force of today. Al-Razi, a Persian scholar of the 9th century called the prophets:

"These billy goats pretend to come with a message from God, all the while exhausting themselves in spouting their lies, and imposing on the masses blind obedience to the "words of the
He was also very uncomplimentary about the islamic claim that the Koran is a work of poetry.

FreeSpeech said...

contradictio in adiecto