The Louvre Petite Galerie: bringing culture to everyone

The Louvre Petite Galerie is a brand-new exhibition space in the heart of the museum, opened in October 2015 to give everyone a new way to explore art.

The gallery hosts innovative exhibitions that change every nine months, bringing seasoned art appreciators and newcomers alike an opportunity to experience art forms such as cinema, dance and theatre that are not normally on display at the museum.

The Petite Galerie offers a packed, multi-disciplinary programme, with on-site exhibitions and displays, as well as a calendar of travelling reproductions, bringing the Louvre to new audiences in far-flung locations.

The PSA Foundation has backed the Petite Galerie’s exhibitions right from the start. In 2017, it is once again lending its support as the sponsor of the museum’s “Power Plays” exhibition.

The Petite Galerie – a permanent, unique multi-disciplinary space devoted to art and culture education – appealed to the PSA Foundation on the strength of its diverse exhibitions deliberately targeted at a broad audience, including schoolchildren, and its commitment to bringing travelling exhibitions to businesses, hospitals, schools and social centres.

The Louvre goes off-site – and even into factories

As part of this new partnership,Groupe PSA employees have had a chance to experience top-drawer cultural content and otherwise inaccessible works of art in the workplace – places where art rarely makes an appearance.

After an exhibition at the Saint-Ouen plant in 2016, the Poissy site played host to productions of works of art in spring 2017. A team of cultural mediators from the Louvre was on hand to talk through a series of mythological images, and the initiative drew plenty of interest from Group employees. The exhibition features around a dozen works based around three themes – “Day and Night”, “Heroes and Monsters” and “Creation Stories” – and explored the concept of mythology through founding myths, from the creation of the world in antiquity through to an impassioned interpretation of Star Wars.

The new exhibition, entitled “Power Plays”, focuses on the connection between art and political power, with the emblematic figure of Henri IV and famous portraits of monarchs such as Louis XVI and Napoleon showing how images are used to affirm legitimacy.

The PSA Foundation is proud to be supporting this worthwhile initiative. The exhibition will be on display in the Richelieu Wing of the Musée du Louvre between 27 September 2017 and 2 July 2018 (open daily, except Tuesdays, between 9 am and 5:30 pm, with late closing at 9:30 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays).

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