BREAKING NEWS: My blog is apparently the first English language source to report the following story. The renowned Louvre Museum of Paris has cancelled its policy of free admission for artists, teachers, and foreign art students. The annulment went into effect last September after the museum’s price of admission increased by 13%, despite public disapproval. In response, a national – international demonstration of artists has been called for Saturday, January 15, 2005 in front of the Pyramid of the Louvre. The organizers of the protest, The Louvre For All, are calling upon all artists, art students, teachers, and supporters of the arts, including art lovers from around the world, to join the protest against the growing commercialization of the Louvre.
The protest will not only call for the immediate re-establishment of price exemptions for art students and teachers both foreign and domestic, it will also demand that the Louvre drop admission charges altogether to become a free museum. The protest organizers cite the Los Angeles Getty Museum as an example of a major art museum being free and open to the public.
Take a moment to sign the international petition to be presented to the Louvre on January 15th. Visit the French language The Louvre For All website at: http://louvrepourtous.site.voila.fr/