The Louvre’s baby brother

There is a new Louvre in town and I can’t wait to visit. They have built a satellite Louvre in Lens, a town in northern France – and this baby is one punk ass little brother.

The architecture could not be more different from Louvre Paris. Where Paris is based in the frighteningly ornate Palais du Louvre, Lens is a shiny cow shed. It is one long room with reflective aluminium walls – walls that you are not allowed to hang any art from. I can just imagine that concept meeting, where the architect enthusiastically talked about this sardine tin. At some point the gallery manager must have quietly asked “but where will we put the art”.

Well, the art sits on plinths scattered across the room. They are arranged along the length by time and across the width by geography. Obviously a lot of thought has gone into this baby, but I just don’t know how I would respond to it.

Although it does give you great access, I have the sneaking suspicion that I would get tired of walking in constant circles while trying to admire the art. But then again, since I would be making a special trip to Lens just to see it I would have all the time in the world to wander.

Take a look at the gallery here.