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Saudi Arabia's Princess Lamia unveiled the Louvre Paris' expansion of its Department of Islamic Art

Saudi Arabia's Princess Lamia unveiled the Louvre Paris' expansion of its Department of Islamic Art

Here's what changed so far...

Text: Meeran Mekkaoui


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The Louvre Museum in Paris have expanded their Centre of Education in the Department of Islamic Art and here's what you can expect...

Paris is undoubtedly one of the most famous cities in the entire world, thanks to its elegant mix of culture, fashion and history drawn together in one stylish — and very picture-worthy — bundle. Perhaps our favourite in the summer, the city is always alive with activity and now, there's yet another reason to head to the French capital.

The world-renowned Musée du Louvre has officially extended and opened new expanded spaces, to explore Islamic art in the museum's Department of Islamic Art.

Courtesy of Alwaleed Philanthropies (a global philanthropic foundation), the spotlight on Islamic art presents the two organisations' longstanding partnership — which aims to strengthen understanding across societies through arts and culture.

So what can we expect from the new expansion? The new space will comprise of a refreshed entrance area and new temporary exhibition space, offering visitors an immersive introduction to Islamic art. Boasting one of the world's most distinguished collections of Muslim art, the department's new space will feature a diverse range of art and artifacts stretching from Spain to India, and these selected objects will better explain the evolution of Islamic art in style, form and medium throughout time.

Alwaleed Philanthropies' Secretary General, Saudi Arabia's Princess Lamia Bint Majed Al Saud, was there to commemorate the opening along with Yannick Lintz, the Director of the Louvre’s Department of Islamic Art.

Speaking of the new expanded space, HRH Princess Lamia said: "We believe that art has a special ability to unite people of different cultures and faiths. The new and expanded spaces allow visitors to enjoy world-class Islamic art and appreciate the shared human values expressed in its creativity. Importantly, this space has also been designed to be inclusive of everyone, with interactive features to ensure the art can be experienced by all."

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