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6 Dec.2011  The Louvre Museum Lighting Ceremony

The Louvre Museum Lighting Ceremony took place in Paris on 6 December in the presence of 450 invited guests from across Europe. The countdown numbers for the illumination were projected onto the Palace's Cour Napoleon façade and at the flick of a switch by Louvre Director Henri Loyrette and Toshiba's President Norio Sasaki, the Pyramid, Pyramidion and Pavilion Colbert were all simultaneously illuminated. The space, now bathed in new light, was filled with loud cheers and applause.
After speeches by Director Loyrette and President Sasaki a reception commenced with the traditional Japanese Kagami-biraki barrel opening. Pools, evocative of the ponds surrounding the Pyramid, were set up within the event venue, and elicited exclamations from guests at the beauty of the ceiling lights reflecting on their surface. The display set up within the event area featured a number of exhibits including the LED lighting installed in the Louvre Museum for this project, a "Making of" video of the LED lighting installation through to completion, and the history of Toshiba's lighting technology, which heralded a new era of partnership between the Louvre Museum's art and Toshiba's technology.

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About the Louvre x Toshiba LED project Louvre museum project leader Kazuaki Makita
Jean-Luc MARTINEZ :13 years partnership agreement

the Mona Lisa / the Red Room

  • Interview with participating Louvre representatives and Frenchofficials
  • Kazuaki MAKITA :Finding New Traditions in Lighting
  • Sophie LEMONNIER :Experts Who Exceeded Our Expectations
  • Christophe MONIN :Coordinating two different cultures
  • Vincent DELIEUVIN :Rediscovering the Mona Lisa in a New Light
  • Jean-Louis BELLEC :The strong desire to make success
  • Lorenzo PIQUERAS :A Perfect Environment for the Mona Lisa
  • Takayoshi MORIYAMA :Recovering the Painting's Deft Brushwork and Coloring
the Mona Lisa

Pyramid and Pyramidions / the Cour Napoléon

  • Message Former President Director of the Louvre Museum. Henri Loyrette
  • Ceremony Lighting ceremony held on December 6, 2011
  • Interview with participating Louvre representatives and Frenchofficials
  • Michel Goutal :Preservation while maintaining consistency.
  • Frédéric Auclair :Changing the way we perceive things
  • Sophie Lemonnier :Continuous innovation
  • Christophe Monin :The Louvre Museum's Unique Constraints
  • Development Story Insight on development for the Louvre, product details
  • Gallery The Louvre, under LED illumination