Henri Loyrette, Chairman and Director of the Louvre Museum, and Bruno Lafont, Chairman and CEO of Lafarge, today announced Lafarge's sponsorship of the construction of the future Islamic Art department at the Louvre Museum.
Lafarge has been committed for many years to promoting architectural innovation, the protection of cultural heritage and the diversity of world cultures. With an extensive presence in the countries which are the birthplace of Islamic art, Lafarge has now entered into a long-term partnership with the Louvre Museum for the construction of the future Islamic Art department, which will house one of the world's finest collections of art from this period.
The Cour Visconti, situated in the center of the South Wing of the Louvre, has been chosen to house the future exhibition space devoted to the Islamic Art collection, at the heart of a circuit that encompasses the museum's oldest collections: Antiquities on the ground floor and Paintings on the first floor. The works of art which will be exhibited cover the whole cultural spectrum of Islamic civilisation.
This exceptional project, in harmony with Lafarge's values of respect and diversity, will contribute to dialogue between cultures and to the recognition of this civilisation's major contribution to the world's artistic and cultural heritage.
Founded in France 175 years ago, Lafarge now operates in 80 countries and is committed to fostering the development and promotion of local cultures. With this partnership, Lafarge is taking part in a project which is emblematic of French excellence in the field of culture, contributing to the promotion and development of the world's cultural heritage.
As an inventor of materials destined to serve architectural creation, Lafarge has for many years worked in close partnership with architects throughout the world, constantly pushing back the limits of its materials to enable architectural feats and contribute to sustainable construction methods. The project, by architects Rudy Ricciotti and Mario Bellini represents a remarkable architectural innovation, eminently contemporary and audacious, while respecting the original environment.
Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 90,000 employees, the Group is present in 76 countries.
Lafarge is the only company in the construction materials sector to be listed in the ‘100 Global Most Sustainable Corporations in the World'. Lafarge has been committed to sustainable development for many years, pursuing a strategy that combines industrial know-how with performance, value creation, respect for employees and local cultures, environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources and energy. To make advances in building materials, Lafarge places customers and architects at the heart of its concerns and boasts the world's leading building materials research facility, in order to develop ever more innovative products and solutions.