Contemporary Art in the Louvre: The Historical Inclusiveness of the 21st Century Museum of Fine Art

By Françoise Lucbert.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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This paper highlights the dialogue between the present and the past within the new orientations of a certain number of art museums. The recent commission by the Musée du Louvre of a monumental work for permanent display by the contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer (1945-) is an illustrative example of this phenomenon. The growing importance of contemporary art in the 21st century Museum of Fine Art shows how the art museum intends to be inclusive in regard of a long historical perspective.

Keywords: Art Museum, Contemporary Art, Musée du Louvre, Anselm Kiefer (1945-)

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.147-154. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.086MB).

Prof. Françoise Lucbert

Professor of Art History, Département d'Histoire, Faculté des Lettres, Université Laval, Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada

Specialized in History of European Art for the period 1750-1925 at the Université Laval (Canada), Professor Lucbert published books and articles on different aspects of Symbolism and Cubism. She has done a lot of research on art criticism and is especially interested in interdisciplinary topics, including relations between visual arts, literature and music. Over the years, she has been working in close collaboration with art and history museums in France, Spain and China as a guest curator for temporary exhibitions. The most recent one, entitled “Avion, Aviateur, Aviation. Cent ans de fascination”, was an exploration of how 20th Century artists were fascinated by aviation.

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