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Through the Louvre Lens

May 23, 2018 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.

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Louvre Lens

While it may well be said that all art is viewed through the “lens” of the Louvre, this post is about the Louvre Museum in Lens in northern France.  Lens is a former coal mining town that has suffered d greatly with the decline in the mining of coal. The intent was to house art from the Louvre as a way of participating in the revitalization of the area.” archdaily by

The Museum

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The Museum

“The museum is a series of aluminium and glass boxes, designed in a former coal mining town and strung out across on an old coal field, two huge exhibition spaces show a selection of work from the vast Louvre Collections, providing “an overview of two thousand years of art” (up to the 19th century), including key works such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Virgin and Child With St. Anne or Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People.”

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The Mission – Making Art Accessible

Our “focus” here is to see how well the Louvre Lens fulfills the mission of making art accessible to everyone, everywhere.The interior design, as show above, intentionally has lots of space for free-standing art, thus eliminating the cluster and rows of people in front of the art on the walls, as is typical of the conventional museum.

The Light – Natural Light, Not Spotlights, illuminating the Art

Louvre Lens Accessible For Us,  Anytime,Anywhere?

Unfortunately, there is a significant limitation to making the art at the Louvre Lens accessible to those who cannot physically go there. Below is a screenshot of the Louvre website with the results of a search done today. As you will see, there are Zero results. Thus, much work needs to be done to make the Events, Exhibitions, Lectures & Symposia, Film, Music, Live Performances and Literature accessible to those who cannot travel to the physical museum. This is a serious shortcoming which must be addressed by both the Louvre – Lens, and the Louvre – Paris.

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