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Louvre Museum in talks to stage Greek, Islamic antique exhibitions January 17, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Museums.

Art lovers in Singapore may be the first in Southeast Asia to see rare Greek artefacts dating back some 2,500 years and 15th century Islamic antiques.

Paris’ Louvre Museum is now in talks with the Asian Civilisations Museum to stage these exhibitions by the end of this year. For over two centuries, the Louvre Museum has been an inspiration and guardian of civilisations.

Some 600,000 people from Asia visit the museum every year, and Louvre in turn wants to get to know Asia better. Louvre Museum has regular collaborations with Asian countries like Japan and China, and is currently helping Abu Dhabi set up its national museum.

Mr Henri Loyrette, President and Director of the Louvre Museum in Paris, believes Singapore is an ideal venue to kick-start its first collaborations with the region. And Louvre Museum hopes to stage a major exhibition on the three Empires of Islam in the 15th to 18th centuries, namely Istanbul, Isfahan and Dehli.

Mr Loyrette, who is on his first visit to Southeast Asia, said: “It is important, looking at the world today, to go to Southeast Asia, because something is really happening here. We need to learn to know each other, that is the most important thing. From my point of view, that is the first step. We try to work on an exhibition and we will see what happens. But I am sure that is the beginning of something.”

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