After 12 years at his post, Louvre Director wishes not to seek renewal of his mandate.
Henri Lorette brought a lot of life to Paris' grande damme, the Louvre. In his 12 years as Director Loyrette not only increased visitor figures but also took on major projects including a satellite museum in the north and the construction of new Islamic art galleries. The satellite museum in the northern town of Lens has been much awaited and has recently opened. It will will be home to the Louvres's encyclopedic collections. New Islamic galleries opened on two levels of the Louvres historic Visconti courtyard this past fall, and the achievement of Lorette should be celebrated for its forward thinking and symbolic cultural diplomacy. Lorette was also successful in rejuvenating a contemporary art program at the museum which resulted in a major installation by Anselm Kiefer in 2007 and ceiling mural by Cy Towombly in 2010.
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