The Louvre Museum will open the “most radical architectural intervention since the [I.M. Pei] pyramid in 1989″. After 10 years and $125 million, the new Islamic art galleries are set to open this Saturday. The gold undulating “flying carpet” or “luminous veil” roof is a 150-ton structure that was fabricated by using almost 9,000 steel tubes and designed by Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti. Donors to the project include private corporations, the government of France, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, and other Arab donors and nations. The new galleries will house Islamic art from the 7th to the 19th centuries.
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