The Louvre pyramid celebrates its 30th anniversary

Published by Laurent de Sortiraparis · Photos by My de Sortiraparis · Published on March 27th, 2019 at 07:41 p.m.
The Louvre celebrates the 30th anniversary of the famous pyramid starting from March 29, 2019. Built by American architect Pei, the monument will welcome on the occasion different festive events.

The Louvre Pyramid celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019 and to celebrate these festivities, the Parisian museum puts on a great spread with a whole bunch of activities held from March 29, 2019. On the menu: many popular, festive and free events allowing visitors to discover the story of this structure.

Announced in September 1981 by the President of the Republic François Mitterrand, the project called Grand Louvre aims at “giving back to the museum the entire palace that has been so far occupied by the finance ministry”.

We count then different events within the Cour Napoléon as well as a weekend filled with family activities, concerts and dance shows, and even a photograph exhibition. A program also completed by conferences and other colloquiums exposing and analyzing the process of creating the Pyramid and this rather monumental Pyramid for the time.

Program of the Louvre Pyramid's 30th anniversary:

  • March 26 and 31, 2019: JR at the Louvre and the Secret of the Grande Pyramide
    Street artist JR is back in Paris with a beautiful project! For the Louvre Pyramid's 30th anniversary, the artist transforms the Louvre courtyard from March 26 to 31, 2019 to reveal the foundations thanks to an optical illusion.

  • March 29 and 30, 2019: Anniversary days at the Louvre auditorium
    On Friday March 29 and Saturday 30, 2019 the Louvre staff tells us everything about the steps to create the Pyramid, from the excavations of the Cour Carrée and the Cour Napoléon to the building of this 21-m high pyramid thanks to a 95-ton iron and 105-ton aluminium structure.

  • March 29 - June 3, 2019: La Pyramide a 30 ans exhibition

  • March 29, 2019: Young people are given the floor
    This Friday March 29, 2019 over 300 art students will come and storm the museum's rooms for moments of sharing with visitors over chosen works.

  • June 1 and 2, 2019: Unexpected meetings, "Le Louvre à 2 mi-mots" by the ALIS company

  • June 21 at 10:30 p.m.: World Music Day with the Orchestre de Paris
    The Orchestre de Paris will be the highlight of June 21, 2019 with a free symphonic concert open to all. On the menu, Chasse Royale et Orage (Royal Hunt and Storm) from Les Troyens (The Trojans) by Hector Berlioz and the concerto for violin and orchestra in D major, opus 77 by Johannes Brahms!

  • July 12, 13 and 14, 2019: "Un break à Mozart 1.1", a show by Kader Attou
    For the Paris l'été festival, Kader Attou came up with a show mixing hip hop and a string ensemble called "Un Break à Mozart 1.1". All in all, 10 dancers will answer to the music played by the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées for a unique show.

  • October 24, 2019 - February 24, 2020: Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre
    Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre, here’s 2019’s most awaited event. The exhibition will pay tribute to the Florentine genius on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his death. meet from October 24, 2019 to February 24, 2020.

  • December 11, 2019 - March 9, 2019: Tribute to Pierre Soulages exhibition

A project that seduced American architect of Chinese origin Ieoh Ming Pei who imagines then a more open reception area, as well as a simpler access for tourists and art lovers. And for an unparalleled brightness, the latter offers to build the now-famous glass pyramid in the middle of the Cour Napoélon. A museum now unique that we should celebrate.

Let’s help it blow off its candles, shall we, friends?

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From March 29th, 2019 to December 31th, 2019



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