30 years of the Louvre Pyramid; an anniversary celebration!
Published on 10 March 2019, dans Exhibitions and Museums
For 30 years now, the glass and metal Louvre Pyramid has stood in front of one of the most famous museums in the world. Book your stay at the Hotel Opera Vivaldi to participate in the many festive events that will be organised to celebrate this milestone anniversary. Below we offer a brief review of the genesis of this building and the celebrations planned for the 30th anniversary of what has become a Parisian landmark.
An extraordinary monument
On March 30th, 1989, the Louvre Pyramid was inaugurated by the French President François Mitterrand. This 26-metre high monument is a polyhedron made of glass triangles and is used as the entrance to the Louvre Museum. The then-recently elected Mitterrand planned to modernise the Louvre and expand it to the Richelieu wing then occupied by the Ministry of Finance. This highly controversial building, which remains the subject of passionate debate regarding whether its modern design is appropriate for its setting, is the work of the Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei, who was appointed to develop a means of accommodating the growing number of visitors to the Louvre. Pei is also responsible for the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha (Qatar) among other projects.
A thirtieth anniversary celebrated as it should be!
A 30th anniversary is surely deserving of a party. For the occasion, the Louvre Museum is planning numerous popular, festive and free events, including cultural activities offering fun for all the family from March 29th. These include exhibitions and other events detailing and analysing the process of creating this amazing monument. The festivities planned to take place right on the Cour Napoleon include dance performances, concerts, exhibitions, seminars, conferences and much more. Come along and celebrate this unusual building.
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Hotel Opéra Vivaldi, a 3-star hotel a few minutes from Opéra Garnier and the Department Stores