Latest update: 05/12/2012
The multiple faces of the Louvre
The Paris Louvre opens its first ever regional offshoot this week in former mining town in northern France: Lens. It is hoped the move will help revitalise a region that is better known for its football fans and takeaway food than for art appreciation.
By Sean ROSE
The 150 million euro art centre in Lens was officially opened by President Francois Hollande today. The state-of-the-art building will house a rotating collection of 205 works from the main Louvre, along with a number of temporary exhibitions.