The Musée du Louvre: Decorative Arts

One of the most comprehensive collections of 17th and 18th Century French decorative arts in world, The Musée du Louvre in Paris has reopened its newly restored and reinstalled 18th Century Decorative Arts galleries.

The reopening marks the first time since 2005 that the collection of objects has been on view to the public. Spanning 35 galleries, over 2,000 pieces trace the evolution of French taste and the decorative artists from the eras. The pieces on display are intended to both highlight the technical aspects of intricate craftsmanship, and also reveal the stylistic history of the era.

“The evolution of taste is a driving force in France,” said Jacques Garcia, the French architect and interior designer behind the redesign. “It’s nonstop. To be ‘à la mode’ means not only having the newest creators and the newest expressions. We are always questioning our own tastes. We are always in style.”

Garcia worked in close collaboration with the Louvre’s Department of Decorative Arts to ensure complete accuracy in each room reproduction.

www.louvre.fr

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