About the Louvre’s Islamic Art Collection

A few weeks ago, self participated in The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge OUT OF THIS WORLD by posting pictures of the Islamic Art Collection at the Louvre, which she visited in May 2017.

Regular readers of this blog know that museums are self’s jam!

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The Louvre’s Islamic Art Collection, which opened to the public in September 2012. Self visited in May 2017

The Louvre’s Islamic Art Collection is absolutely amazing.

Allan G. Smorra, whose blog self follows at Ohm Sweet Ohm left a comment. She didn’t have an answer for him (he asked who designed the space) and at the time she was too busy to look it up.

Today, freshly returned from AWP Tampa, and enjoying a few days’ rest before her next trip (to Long Beach, for a reading with other Pinay authors on Saturday, 17 March, at Philippine Expressions Bookshop in San Pedro), she decides to see if she can find out more about the Islamic Art Collection at the Louvre and found this link on the Louvre’s Official Home Page.

The space opened to the public in September 2012. The architects were Rudy Ricciotti and Mario Bellini. The videos explaining the choice are in French, so if you don’t speak French (like self), don’t get frustrated, you can see the accompanying text in English.

Browsing the page, self learns that the roof (which is the most amazing thing) “consists of a free-form lattice of steel tubes and glass” beneath “a gilded metal casing.”

Kudos, Messrs. Ricciotti and Bellini. Major kudos.

Stay tuned.

5 Comments

  1. March 15, 2018 at 12:37 am

    Thanks for finding this information and sharing it with us. Back in 1981-83 I worked on the Crocker Tower & Galleria in San Francisco. At that time, the Galleria was the largest expanse of fixed glass West of the Mississippi River. It pales by comparison to this undulating lattice of glass and steel. Wow.
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    • March 15, 2018 at 11:13 pm

      Wow, the Crocker Tower & Galleria — I’ve only been there once! Must go back one of these days. The “undulating lattice of glass and steel” is truly WOW. And it’s fascinating that the Louvre website shows the way they developed the concept. Truly, from outside it looks like a brown wave.

      • March 16, 2018 at 12:07 am

        It is the physical manifestation of a whole lot of applied Mathematics. People who paid attention in school continue to amaze me.
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      • March 16, 2018 at 1:04 am

        I am fascinated by architecture. And meticulous design. One day I will get around to writing about an engineer who worked on the Golden Gate Bridge.

      • March 16, 2018 at 2:38 pm

        I look forward to reading that story.
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