The Gallery of Louvre-Lens

The Louvre-Lens will not have a collection of its own but it will loan objects for varying lengths of time. The presentation of the artworks at the Lens museum will be based on two founding principles:the collections will be presented in cross-disciplinary exhibitions that break down the usual boundaries between techniques, schools, or departments and works will be exhibited for varying lengths of time, but always temporarily, which will facilitate the loan of major works and keep public interest alive. The objects on display at the Louvre-Lens will come from the Louvre’s eight departments (Near Eastern Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Decorative Arts, Prints and Drawings, Sculptures, and Paintings). They will represent every period and technique covered by the Paris museum (namely, from the 4th millennium BC to 1850), and will be presented in cross-disciplinary displays, most often chronologically. Exhibitions at the Louvre-Lens will thus not be restricted by the compartmentalization that exists at the Louvre in Paris because of the history of the institution and its collections. The Louvre-Lens museum will display some three hundred artworks. This exhibition space will contain masterpieces from every department in the Louvre, and is designed to present a single stream of artworks that will be a source of discovery, knowledge, and wonder for visitors. The strictly chronological presentation will illustrate and reflect the history of the empires of the Middle East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and finally of Islam and Europe.

Museum: The Gallery of Louvre-Lens
City: Lens
Country: France
Address: Rue Georges Bernanos