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museum envy or “transforming culture into a consumer product?”

While in Paris, enjoying the Louvre Museum on a rainy afternoon, I noticed the above poster hanging over the self-purchase ticket kiosk in the lobby of the museum. I actually stared at it for a long while and then decided to take a picture of it just to ponder over in the weeks to come and to remember to research the reasons behind the “project.”

When I returned to the U.S. and shuffled through my photographs on my computer, in order to organize them, the above picture popped up, reminding me of what I had to do.

As a  supporter of the fine arts and an avid museum goer, I must say I have trouble with this decision. I  believe this is the first time a museum is opening a “branch” and although the article I have included here justifies the means to the cause, or rather explains the reasons behind the decision, I have mixed feelings about the endeavor.  Perhaps I am wrong to think this way, but I strongly feel all things historical Paris, should remain in Paris  in order to stay  in touch with history as it were written and in the most traditional way possible.  Branching Starbucks and McDonald may be acceptable and understandable but The Louvre is not in my opinion.

I would love to hear your opinions on this topic, so please feel free to comment as you wish just so I can have some overlooked insight on the subject matter.

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  1. Mauricio says

    I too agree with you. It wouild all boil down to what they are planning and actually do. I feel no original pieces should leave the Louve, especialy not if money is the main reason. There are other ways to bring/expose your culture to others. What’s next? Dismantling the Eifel tower and tour it around the worl?

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