Louvre in Paris furthers genre of ephemeral art

That’s when the true intention behind a work of art transforms in hindsight.

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Ever since Banksy made history in 2018 by having his artwork shredded — at least halfway — the moment it was sold, the transformational nature of art acquired a new dimension. This week’s event at the Louvre that saw a massive paper installation creating an optical illusion that the museum’s pyramid was rising from an abyss has gone a step further on that path.

In hindsight, it may well be revealed that like Banksy, the artist intended his paper ensemble would disintegrate — transform — within hours of its launch after being trod upon by art lovers. Maybe it will be said that he actually wanted them to tear off pieces to carry them away as souvenirs. And that the whole idea was to demonstrate the transience of creativity, rather than the thoughtlessness of Parisians, not to mention a waste of paper.

Paper installation at Louvre
Paper installation at Louvre


Paris is known for its artistic aesthetic, so it comes as no surprise that the next big art event will be the “wrapping” of the Arc de Triomphe in 25,000 sq m of blue recyclable cloth and 7,000 m of red rope for two weeks in April 2020 by a Bulgarianborn artist who had earlier done the same to Berlin’s Reichstag, among other landmarks.

However, despite the Parisian monument’s resemblance to India Gate — including a memorial to the Unknown Soldier — it is safe to say that New Delhi will not witness such a transformation any time soon.

Now Abu Dhabi Gets A Louvre For One Billion Euros
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The layering of 7,850 patterned perforations creates a 'rain of light'. Each ray of the sun must cross through all eight layers to reach the ground, creating an intricate and ever-shifting pattern.

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The layering of 7,850 patterned perforations creates a 'rain of light'. Each ray of the sun must cross through all eight layers to reach the ground, creating an intricate and ever-shifting pattern. ..
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The dome is composed of eight superimposed layers: four outer layers in stainless steel and four inner layers separated by a steel structure that is five metres high.

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The dome is composed of eight superimposed layers: four outer layers in stainless steel and four inner layers separated by a steel structure that is five metres high. (Image: Twitter/@LouvreAbuDhabi
The entire area is covered by a latticework, silvery dome that is 36 metres high, and weighs 7,500 tonnes -- almost as much as the Eiffel Tower.

The dome appears to float, as its four pillars are hidden within the museum.

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The entire area is covered by a latticework, silvery dome that is 36 metres high, and weighs 7,500 tonnes -- almost as much as the Eiffel Tower. The dome appears to float, as its four pillars are hi..
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The museum will host 23 permanent galleries. The permanent galleries will cover art and artefacts from the earliest Mesopotamian civilisations to the present day.

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The museum will host 23 permanent galleries. The permanent galleries will cover art and artefacts from the earliest Mesopotamian civilisations to the present day. (Image: Twitter/@LouvreAbuDhabi)
Indoor exhibition spaces is cover across 8,600 square metres, which includes a children's museum. The galleries will showcase 600 works of art, including 300 loaned by 13 French museums for the inaugural year.

In pic: ​Princess Henuttawy’s body has been preserved for almost 3000 years.

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Indoor exhibition spaces is cover across 8,600 square metres, which includes a children's museum. The galleries will showcase 600 works of art, including 300 loaned by 13 French museums for the inaug..
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The Louvre Abu Dhabi is part of a vast "museum city" that includes 55 white buildings inspired by traditional Arab medinas. It also includes the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, still under construction.

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi is part of a vast "museum city" that includes 55 white buildings inspired by traditional Arab medinas. It also includes the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, still under construction. (Imag..
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The museum is built on a 97,000 square metre site on Saadiyat Island, a low-lying island 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Engineers had to move 503,000 cubic meters of sand to lay the foundations for the museum.

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The museum is built on a 97,000 square metre site on Saadiyat Island, a low-lying island 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Engineers had to move 503,000 cubic meters of sand to lay the foundatio..
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