The Louvre on the Surface
The Louvre, originally a royal palace but now the world’s most famous museum is a must-visit for anyone with a slight interest in art.
BY BEA MARTIN
In 1981, the newly elected French president, Francois Mitterrand, launched a campaign to renovate cultural institutions throughout France. One of the most advantageous of those projects was the renovation and reorganization of the Louvre.
In 1983 after touring Europe and the United States, President Mitterrand commissioned the Chinese American architect, I.M. Pei.
It was the first time that a foreign architect was enlisted to work on the Louvre museum.
The addition and relocation of the supporting spaces of the museum allowed for the Louvre to expand its collection and place more work on exhibit.
The Louvre Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in the world. It is housed in the expansive Louvre Palace, situated in the 1st arrondissement, at the heart of Paris.