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the Department of Islamic Art, The Louvre

Rudy Ricciotti | Mario Bellini

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Along with its collections, the Louvre itself testifies to almost one thousand years of history, from its medieval foundations and 17th century Cour Carrée through to the Pei pyramids of 1989. The story continues with the recent inauguration of Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti’s pavilion in the Cour Visconti. Like Pei’s pure stark volumes, the new addition fits into its setting like a design object, careful not to touch the Baroque walls around it. In contrast to Pei’s sharp angles though, Bellini and Ricciotti’s golden canopy is an ephemeral impalpable veil fluttering in the breeze above its confined court.

Winner of the 2005 competition for the Louvre’s new Department of Islamic Arts, the pavilion is tasked with linking the artefacts on display with their architectural container, Islamic art with Baroque surfaces, symbol with...

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