These days pictures travel a lot, to all points of the compass. There’s always the danger of something going wrong: an aircraft crashing, a train being derailed, a transportation truck held up by art thieves. So what’s the solution? Should they stay at home under the watchful eye of the museum authorities.
Not at all. The Louvre have hit on a wonderful way of moving their paintings and sculpture from Paris to their annex in the industrial city of Lens, the so-called Louvre Lens.
Watch this animation on the home page. The art rises up out of the Louvre into the skies over Paris, and then it sets a course for Northern France…..
Finally the canvases and sculptures drop into their allotted spaces. No planes, no trucks, no thieves, just art soaring across the skies.
Mind you I hate the building that they drop into: like a cross between an ice rink and an over-size forecourt of a showroom- OK for modern art, but not for Raphael, Poussin and Co.
As for the point of the Louvre Lens, here’s Didier Rykner’s (Art Tribune) view.