On March 11, 2022, the École du Louvre will inaugurate an ambitious architectural project led by Claire Barbillon, director of the establishment, and made possible thanks to the exceptional patronage of Majid Boustany, president of the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation.
This architectural project of nearly 1300 m2, which includes a library, a research center and living spaces, is led by the architect Heleen Hart (HBAAT architecture agency - Grand Prix du Jury d'Architecture 2021). It responds to needs related to the very growth of the School, to educational developments and to changes in student practices. It reconfigures the establishment through the rehabilitation and creation of new spaces within the Louvre Palace itself.
It was in 2016 that Majid Boustany forged a first partnership with the École du Louvre, via the creation of a research grant on the painter Francis Bacon. Continuing its philanthropic approach, Majid Boustany wished to amplify its commitment by financing this ambitious program, which provides the school with an essential strategic asset for its future national and international influence. In addition to this exceptional patronage, there is the donation of two sculptures by Antony Gormley and the easel by Francis Bacon which will be placed in the library and its vestibule.
The École du Louvre is the ideal place for teaching art history and museum studies, which is both demanding and innovative. Its community of nearly 80 doctoral students is booming and poses new challenges for the establishment. While the School benefits from exceptional premises, built in 1998 under the direction of Antoine Stinco as part of the Grand Louvre project, new large-scale facilities were in the works. It is on the basis of these observations that the Louvre School project 2021-2022 was set up to offer a contemporary study and research complex at the heart of the School and its pedagogy.