Visit of Mr Henri Loyrette President of the Louvre, From 30 November to 3 December 2011

Visit of Mr Henri Loyrette
President of the Louvre
From 30 November to 3 December 2011

A delegation from the Louvre, headed by its President Mr Henri Loyrette, was on a four-day visit to India from 30 November to 3 December 2011. Mr Henri Loyrette was accompanied by Mr Hervé Barbaret (GM), Ms Juliette Armand (Director, Cultural Productions) and Mr Benoît de Saint-Chamas (Special Adviser to Mr Loyrette).



The purpose of Mr Loyrette’s visit was to explore India’s art scene and perspectives for collaboration with Indian museums and galleries since India is a prominent actor in the global art market and is home to some of the world’s finest artists. 

During his stay, Mr Loyrette met Kumari Selja, Hon’ble Minister of Culture, and collectors and gallerists in Delhi and Mumbai. He also visited theNational Gallery of Modern Art in both cities as well as the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum and thePrince of Wales Museum in Mumbai. In the last leg of his visit, he will meet Dr Karan Singh, Hon’ble Member of Parliament and President of the ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations).

Speaking on his India visit, Mr Henri Loyrette, President of the Louvre, said, “The notion of opening up is not new at the Louvre: it has been written in this museum’s genes since it opened in 1793. And, to update and revitalize this bicentennial mandate, the Louvre has to step beyond its walls and open up to the outside world, to countries like India that I am very happy to discover.”

India Art Fair (formerly India Art Summit), the country’s premier platform for modern and contemporary art, hosted a soirée in honour of the Louvre delegation on 3 December. Over the last 3 years, the art fair has seen increasing participation from leading French galleries, artists and institutions. Neha Kirpal, Founding Director of India Art Fair, believes that the Louvre’s ongoing engagement with India will be valuable in developing and internationalizing the India art scene and that building sustainable dialogues with such institutions is an integral part of the India Art Fair’s mission.

On the occasion of the visit, H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, stated, “This maiden visit of the Louvre Museum to India is an important step towards furthering the dialogue between cultures and civilizations of India and France in a spirit of universality. The Louvre is one of the biggest museums in the world and certainly the most visited one with its 8.5 million annual visitors. It remains an exceptional narrative of the world’s artistic vision from antiquity through the mid-19th century.”

About the Louvre:
Founded in 1793, the Louvre was quickly acknowledged as the "museum among museums;" and remains a model and recognized authority on fine arts. The wealth of its collections (including the iconic Mona Lisa and Venus of Milo) makes the most-visited museum in the world a focal point for permanent dialogue between the past and the present, a place of learning and discovery for its 8.5 million annual visitors.

As a museum embedded in the 21st century, the Louvre has an uncompromising engagement with contemporary art, and seeks to establish or strengthen close partnerships with countries and institutions worldwide.

For further information, visit the Louvre website.

Mr Henri Loyrette is the President and Director of the Louvre, a position he has held since 2001. A noted art historian on 19th century French art, he has been Curator General for Heritage since 1975. A former Director of the Musée d’Orsay (1994-2001) and a member of the French Fine Arts Academy since 1997, he has curated numerous prestigious international exhibitions and has written several authoritative books and articles. For further details, please see attached bio-data.

Snippets from the press:

- Louvre cannot ignore indian art today- Times of India

- Louvre museum looks for cooperation with India- IANS

- Louvre Museum to showcase Indian art - Hindustan Times

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