The Louvre's New Islamic Arts Department
The Louvre’s brand new Department of Islamic Art has just opened. Some 3,000 objects are on display, spanning 1,300 years of history and three continents, from Spain to Southeast Asia. The new department’s undulating gold metal roof emerges from the ground to float inside the Cour Visconti, covering the courtyard like the wing of a dragonfly. Designed by Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti, it is architecturally the Louvre’s boldest and most daring project since the installation of IM Pei’s pyramid 20 years ago.