Paris. Louvre Museum of Islamic Art. Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti. 2005

Rudy Ricciotti, Mario Bellini,


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On two levels, with a total floor space of 3,500 square metres, the new Museum of Islamic Art will be located in the Cour Visconti across from the Louvre.

Paris. Louvre Museum of Islamic Art. Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti. 2005 The ground floor, at the courtyard level, will house works of art from the seventh to tenth century; the underground level will contain works from the eleventh to nineteenth centuries including the museum's prestigious collection of carpets.
The exhibition route starts out at the pyramid, leading to the veil of light which marks the entrance to the new Islamic Art Wing. Here a perfect circuit will start, accompanied by a continuous installation element which orients the visitor's eyes and steps while also serving as a support for information on the works, plasma video screens and teaching models.
Great care has been take to filter daylight through the roof and treat it so that it will not dazzle visitors or affect the conservation of the artworks.
Ricciotti and Bellini's project was chosen for its ability to establish a balance between contemporary intervention and the historical site destined to house it, and for the highly evocative veil of light.

Laura Della Badia

Pictures: www.bellini.it; www.louvre.fr

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