Paris

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Openings

After 21 years and $194m: Pinault opens Bourse museum in Paris

The French billionaire's long awaited contemporary art space contains works that champion his values of diversity—though many of these have been shown in Venice before

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Paris

French historians up in arms over plans to install Napoleon horse skeleton above his tomb

Pascal Convert's sculpture is a replica of the remains of the emperor’s horse Marengo, which was captured by the British at the Battle of Waterloo

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Museums

Jean-Luc Martinez stays in post as Louvre director—for now

Museum chief is named "interim" director while President Macron decides if he should continue as head of the Paris institution

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

'It could have been much worse': the current state of play of Notre Dame's restoration, two years after the fire

Philippe Villeneuve, the lead architect of the cathedral, is confident the Parisian landmark will reopen for the Olympic Games in 2024

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Memorials

France's planned slavery memorial on hold over debate about naming 200,000 freed slaves

Shortlisted proposals by artists including Adrian Piper, Julien Creuzet and duo Sammy Baloji and Emeka Ogboh did not adequately adhere to the requirements, campaign group says

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Museums

Musée d’Orsay in Paris renamed after late French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing

The formal name change—an administrative move—also means the Muséee de l’Orangerie will be rebranded

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Art market

Selling, selling, sold...and sold again. The truth about the bungled sale of a Van Gogh at Sotheby's

Rare painting of a Montmartre street scene sold three times in the same auction

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Bought for around $1,000, now worth $10m: where was the newly unveiled Van Gogh landscape hidden away?

Montmartre windmill painting is on view with Sotheby’s for the first time since it left the easel

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Art Market Eye

Can Paris snatch the art market crown from London?

The French capital seems resurgent, but other elements may intervene

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Museums & Heritage

Centre Pompidou will close from the end of 2023 for three-year renovation

The plan is to finish essential maintenance on the building in time for its 50th anniversary in 2027

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Commercial galleries

Galleria Continua opens new Paris space with JR-curated show

Amid Covid-19 pandemic, Italian gallery hopes to "generate smiles" with second outpost in France

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Paris

Champs Élysées—one of Paris’s most polluted roads—to be transformed into ‘extraordinary garden’

The major avenue will undergo a €250m makeover to restore its former splendour, following the 2024 Summer Olympics

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Pinault Collection

Bourse de Commerce: opening of Pinault's long-awaited Paris museum is—pandemic permitting—finally around the corner

Two decades since the billionaire started planning a home for his collection in the French capital, the spectacular space is due to open on 23 January

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Exhibitions

Botticelli bonanza in Paris next year with major show of masterpieces

New exhibition at Musée Jacquemart-André presents 15th-century artist as an entrepreneur and prolific designer

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Clearing the 'voice' of Notre Dame: Paris cathedral's great organ meticulously removed for refurbishment

Huge operation to hoist the instrument out of the fire-ravaged building has taken four months

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Exhibitions

Vivian Maier, reclusive nanny turned photographer, gets biggest ever show in Paris next year

Unseen works and Super 8 films reveal new aspects of her practice

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Public art

Anselm Kiefer makes first new works for Paris's Pantheon in almost a century

President Emmanuel Macron chose the German artist for the commission that commemorates the French writer and First World War soldier Maurice Genevoix

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Art market

Asia Now fair swoops up would-be Fiac exhibitors

Paris fair makes up for lack of Asia-based exhibitors with some blue chip galleries who were meant to be participating at the larger, cancelled fair

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Book Club

Judge a book by its cover: Centre Pompidou looks at Henri Matisse through a literary lens for new show

One of the most expansive museum surveys on the French artist in 50 years will present his book and magazine designs—and even some of his own writing

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Art market

Fancy a free Takashi Murakami work? Perrotin gallery launches art treasure hunt in Paris

French gallery is hiding 20 valuable works in the empty nave of the Grand Palais—and the public have 48 hours to find them and take them home

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Fashion

How about an €8m Chanel makeover? Paris fashion museum reopens with help of luxury brand

Palais Galliera opens its doors during a hybrid physical and digital Paris fashion week with a major Chanel exhibition

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Museums & Heritage

Centre Pompidou could close for three years for 'essential' renovations

French government also considering option of a seven-year overhaul that would allow the Paris gallery to stay partially open

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Art market

Controversy erupts over Fiac cancellation

Paris's major contemporary art fair has been scrapped due to Covid-19 fears, but galleries are divided over whether the decision was wise or "lacking courage"

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Saving Notre Dame's 'voice': mammoth restoration begins on cathedral's fire-damaged organ

Beginning today, the piece by piece removal and cleaning of the instrument is the latest stage of the building's reconstruction

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Closures

Artist Kader Attia 'heartbroken' as Covid-19 forces closure of his decolonial Paris art hub

The French-Algerian is now looking for a new, smaller space in the city's suburbs

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Where we are now with the restoration of Notre Dame after the rejection of modern architectural gestures

An insider report from the site on the latest discoveries and re-building techniques

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Museums

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts placed on 'concerned status' over sacking of director

Canada Council for the Arts will monitor the crisis following Nathalie Bondil’s dismissal, which could put the museum's public funding at risk

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Protests

Protestors seize African artefact from Paris's Quai Branly museum in bid to 'bring to Africa what was taken'

Five demonstrators will go to court on charges of theft

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Art market

Historic Tunisian items withdrawn from Paris auction after heritage body claims works left country illegally

More than 100 objects once belonging to the Tunisian politician Habib Djellouli, including an ancient Quran, are at the centre of the controversy

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Museums

French museums reveal plans to re-open in June and July

Louvre is "is working towards a planned reopening on 6 July" with strict rules for social distancing and 70% of the museum open to the public

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Controversies

Director of France’s national furniture collection defends plans to sell 100 items at auction to aid healthcare workers

Move prompts fears that works from national museum collections could be sold off too

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Openings

Opening of Pinault's grand new gallery in Paris delayed until 2021 as France extends lockdown

Originally scheduled to open in June this year and then postponed until September, new government measures to contain Covid-19 add further delays to the Bourse de Commerce space

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Germany offers help in restoring Notre Dame's stained-glass windows

German cathedral glass workshops have the expertise and experience necessary to undertake the restoration

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Anniversary of Notre-Dame fire: it's safe, but big decisions need to be taken as Covid-19 halts restoration

Rebuilding the roof will be among the main challenges, and the reconstruction of the spire will be among the most controversial

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Auctions

Charity auction raises more than €2m for French healthcare workers

Paris-based auction house Piasa hosted online sale of 370 works donated by artists, designers and galleries

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Art market

La Biennale Paris relies on government funding bailout to support dealers during coronavirus crisis

Exhibitors at the art and antiques fair in September will not have to pay the usual advance deposit and allowed to spread out payment over four months

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coronavirus

Patrick Devedjian—French politician and driving force behind new museum dedicated to the Sun King—has died of coronavirus

Devedjian was leading plans for a museum project in Saint-Cloud, west of Paris, about the reign of Louis XIV

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre Dame reconstruction halted because of stringent coronavirus measures

Plans to remove the scaffolding around the fire-damaged cathedral have been put on hold

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coronavirus

Paris fairs scramble dates in light of coronavirus outbreak

Salon du dessin contemporain has rescheduled its dates while Salon du Dessin organisers are in discussion about whether to still open later this month

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Musee d'Orsay

Anonymous €20m donation kickstarts Musée d’Orsay transformation

Radical revelopment of former train station building will make way for more Impressionist works and visitors

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coronavirus

Louvre reopens after closing because of coronavirus

The Paris museum held talks with union officials yesterday

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Art market

Leading French auctioneer François Tajan dies, aged 57

The deputy chairman of the Paris-based auction house Artcurial was suffering from food poisoning

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Art market

New digital art fair in Paris hopes to attract tech tycoons

Cadaf Paris claims to be Europe's only fair dedicated to new media and will coincide with Vivatech conference in June

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Climate change fundraisers and a new space for Perrotin: dispatches from Frieze Los Angeles

Plus, Sprüth Magers's Los Angeles outpost will host a posthumous survey of John Baldessari’s last painting series

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Exhibitions

Paris exhibition shines light on Brazilian photographer Claudia Andujar and the plight of indigenous peoples

As the Yanomani way of life is threatened once again, we hear from the photographer ahead of a major show at the Fondation Cartier

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Appointments

Nazi loot expert joins Louvre to investigate its wartime acquisitions

Hire of French art historian Emmanuelle Polack suggests a more proactive stance on Nazi-era provenance research at Paris museum

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Museums & Heritage

Five years after Charlie Hebdo attack, France plans centre dedicated to satirical cartoons

In honour of the victims and to promote the medium, the French culture ministry will create "a meeting, training and exhibition place"

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Palais de Tokyo

Artists criticise Palais de Tokyo partnership with Qatari museum over LGBTQ rights

Mathaf's guest show at Paris contemporary art centre marks Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture

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Instagram

What if 19th-century artists had used Instagram? asks Musée d’Orsay's new artist-in-residence

French illustrator and painter Jean-Philippe Delhomme will post a new image on Paris museum's Instagram account every week for a year

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Photography

Double exposure: new Paris venue to unveil two historic photography collections

Exhibition space will show and sell digital reproductions of images from the archives of the Roger-Viollet agency and France-Soir newspaper

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Preview

Matisse birth anniversary marked by blockbuster show at the Centre Pompidou

Rarely seen works show how the modern master combined text and image

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The Year in Review 2019

King Tut’s golden year, Koons’s worst: the highs and lows of the art world in 2019

As Notre Dame burned, protestors called the shots and a gold toilet vanished, it was certainly a year to remember

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Paris

Special delivery: Musée de la Poste reopens in Paris—with art to boot

Museum's little known, 6,000-strong Modern and contemporary art collection includes a ball gown made of 2,000 stamps

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Monnaie de Paris

Monnaie de Paris venue cancels its contemporary art programme

Show dedicated to Kiki Smith will be last exhibition at the historic Paris Mint due to low visitor numbers

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Art market

UK buyer bags Artemisia Gentileschi painting for a record €4.8m in Paris

Work depicting Roman heroine Lucretia was in a private collection for 40 years

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Exhibitions

Christian Boltanski’s labyrinth: Centre Pompidou show takes viewers on an immersive journey

Plans for the French artist’s retrospective show he is still open to taking risks and charting new territory­­

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Art market

Also Known As Africa fair draws crowds but lacks big galleries—for now

Parisian fair dedicated to contemporary African art is gaining momentum in its fourth edition

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Fairs

Paris Photo turns its lens on youth in preparation for 2020 New York launch

Photography fair opens this week in French capital with a section focussing on marginalised artists

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Photography

JR launches open call on Instagram for his new free photography course

French artist says he will invite Naomi Campbell to school in Paris to help him teach 12 budding photographers

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Grand Palais

Paris to build temporary venue near Eiffel Tower to host Grand Palais's shows when it closes in 2021

Culture chief Chris Dercon says the new space will hold events during the museum's three-year refurbishment, including a collaboration with Unesco

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Art market

Billionaires battle it out over the Lalannes at Sotheby’s in Paris

Jose Mugrabi and Antoine Arnault among collectors bidding at "white glove" sale of works by François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in Paris this weekend

The best shows to see outside of Fiac, from a literary contextualisation of Francis Bacon to Kiki Smith's coin collection

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Fiac

Fiac fever: amidst Brexit drama, we ask 'virgin' dealers why they chose the Paris fair this year

Galleries fresh to the 46th edition explain their decision and reveal their early sales

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Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou to expand and move collections to new satellite venue in southern Paris

The “art factory” will be a conservation, exhibition and storage space and is expected to open in 2025

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Art fairs

'Revitalised' Paris gets its mojo back for Fiac art fair

Yayoi Kusama will display her largest ever public work for the French fair opening this week

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Exhibitions

Damien Hirst’s Cherry Blossom paintings to go on show at the Fondation Cartier in Paris next year

Former YBA has been back in the studio painting for the past two years

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Art market

Imane Farès drops out of new Paris gallery complex

Gallery was due to take a space in Komunuma, housed in a 1940s former manufacturing plant in Romainville, a north eastern suburb

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Exhibitions

Paris exhibition to cast El Greco in new light

Survey at the Grand Palais aims to distance itself from the stereotypes usually associated with the artist

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Exhibitions

Urs Fischer makes wax portrait of Leonardo DiCaprio and his family for Gagosian show

One edition of the work has already been set alight and will gradually melt away over the course of the exhibition

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Openings

Paris Museum of Modern Art unveils €10m revamp of Art Deco home

Redesign by h2o architectes opens up 1930s building—with monumental murals by Matisse and Dufy—to disabled visitors

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Private Museums

François Pinault's long-awaited Paris gallery will open next June

The refurbishment of the Bourse de Commerce space, designed by Tadao Ando, costs $170m

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Musée du Louvre

Louvre defends planned switch to timed-entry tickets after Mona Lisa 'pandemonium'

Reservations will become mandatory at the world's most visited museum by the end of the year

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Frieze 2019

White Cube to open 'office and viewing rooms' in Paris

Launch is latest high-profile opening in the French capital pre-Brexit

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Art market

Gauguin Tahitian painting comes to auction in Paris from the walls of the Met

Te Bourao II (The Purao Tree), which has been in the same collection since 1995, is estimated to sell for €5m-€7m at Artcurial

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Inside Notre Dame: a blow-by-blow account of the restoration process

Five months on we look at the steps and measurements implemented by experts to start rebuilding the fire-ravaged cathedral

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Exhibitions

Thoroughly Modern Maharaja: how an Indian prince amassed one of the world’s greatest interwar design collections

Paris exhibition includes furniture by Eileen Gray, sculptures by Constantin Brancusi and photographs by Man Ray

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Musée du Louvre

Bad bedfellows? French politician blasts Louvre over partnership with Airbnb

Paris deputy mayor Ian Brossat says that teaming up with the online rental giant is “disastrous and shocking”

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Musée du Louvre

Louvre to train refugees as tour guides with funds from Saudi foundation

Supported by undisclosed donation from Alwaleed Philanthropies, French museum’s newly renovated Islamic galleries reopened this week

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo at the Louvre: an exclusive first look at this year's biggest blockbuster

We reveal the research and science behind the monograph exhibition exploring the Renaissance painter's artistic evolution

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Exhibitions

From blasphemer to bookworm: Paris show reframes Francis Bacon's later works

Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou focuses on the artist’s post-pope period, which has received less critical examination

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Jeff Koons

Installation of Jeff Koons's controversial Bouquet of Tulips begins in Paris

The sculpture will now go on show near the Champs-Elysées, after previous location near the Palais de Tokyo was strongly opposed

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

New law regarding Notre Dame says restoration must preserve its 'historic, artistic and architectural interest'

But attempts in the senate to ensure it will look as before the fire were dropped from the final version

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Commercial galleries

‘Grand Paris’: new art complex to open in Parisian suburb

Galleries such as Air de Paris and Fabienne Leclerc will relocate to a refurbished industrial space in Romainville

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Museums & Heritage

A missing chapter in the history of the decorative arts: the Restoration and July Monarchy

Louvre-organised show at the Grand Palais of neglected period of production

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Sackler family

Musée du Louvre removes all mention of Sackler name from its galleries following protests

Activist group Pain says Paris museum has taped over or taken down plaques dedicated to the eponymous family whose pharmaceutical company is accused of fuelling the US opioid crisis

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Château de Versailles

Château de Versailles buys back €4m royal commode that left France after Louvre missed its royal mark

The piece of furniture by Bernard II van Risenburgh, which left for the US almost four decades ago, was commissioned by Louis XV for his stepdaughter

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Museums & Heritage

Banksy on a barge: world's first floating street art gallery makes waves on Paris's Seine

Moored besides the Pont des Invalides in Paris, Fluctuart will open with an exhibition by the Brooklyn-based artist Swoon

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Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa is on the move this summer at the Musée du Louvre

The Leonardo painting, which is seen by thousands of visitors each day, is temporarily leaving its home during renovations to the gallery

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Commissions

Olafur Eliasson commissioned to light up the Arc de Triomphe

Project is part of the City of Paris's programme of raising its image ahead of the 2024 Games

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Louvre is 'suffocating' with high volume of visitors, striking workers say

Paris museum closed its doors after union officials protest about angry public and poor security measures

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News

Notre Dame presents an opportunity for respect, not re-invention

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Macron uses Notre Dame fire to urge unity amid ongoing protests

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Exhibitions

Virtual reality tour offers glimpse of François Pinault’s long-awaited, grand Paris gallery

Exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice shows Tadao Ando’s designs for the Bourse de Commerce building

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre Dame: experts explain why Macron's five-year restoration deadline is impossible

Complex conservation issues mean it could easily take a decade or more to rebuild the Medieval cathedral

Podcast

The Notre Dame fire: what happens next? Plus, Cold War Steve

We talk about the effects of the fire at Notre Dame, the building’s history, and what happens next. And we speak to satirical artist Christopher Spencer, the man behind Cold War Steve. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Artist Wim Delvoye enters design competition to reconstruct Notre Dame

The Belgian, known for his sculptures in a Northern European Gothic style, is already devising a new spire

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Nearly €1bn raised for Notre-Dame over two days

Several charitable and crowdfunding campaigns launched since the fire

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Museums & Heritage

Fire destroys roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

The spire has collapsed on the medieval landmark

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Christo

Christo to wrap the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Artist has previously wrapped monuments such as the Reichstag in Berlin