Things to Do in Paris

Big spaces and boldface names lead a stylish comeback for the City of Light. “We’re looking at a lovely year,” one chef says.

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Man Throws Pastry at Mona Lisa, Smearing Cream on Glass Case

The painting was not harmed and the man, who officials said was in a wheelchair and had faked a disability to get close to it, was taken into custody.

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Michel Laclotte, Who ‘Created the Modern Louvre,’ Dies at 91

He championed two of the most debated architectural projects in recent Paris history: the Musée D’Orsay (in a former train station) and the Louvre pyramid.

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The Louvre’s Art Sleuth Is on the Hunt for Looted Paintings

Emmanuelle Polack is the face of the French museum’s efforts to return stolen works. But some discoveries have put her employer in an awkward situation.

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Why Do People Want Jeff Bezos to Buy and Eat the Mona Lisa?

An online petition that started as a joke has gone viral, becoming a kind of digital performance art piece all of its own.

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The Masterpieces That Napoleon Stole, and How Some Went Back

His art seizures paved the way for similar French excesses in Africa a century later. Yet the return of some treasures after his defeat set a model for museums today.

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Louvre Gets Its First Female Leader in 228 Years

Laurence des Cars, the current head of the Musée d’Orsay, will become the president of the world’s most visited museum in September.

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A Clash of Wills Keeps a Leonardo Masterpiece Hidden

The Louvre inspected the “Salvator Mundi” and certified it as the work of Leonardo da Vinci. But it kept those findings secret after a squabble with the painting’s owners.

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We Don’t Know How Much Art Has Gone Missing From Museums

Museums are doing a better job of accounting for missing inventory than years ago, when they would sometimes not report thefts out of embarrassment and fear of exposing security weaknesses.

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The Louvre Recovers Armor Pieces Stolen Nearly 40 Years Ago

At the end of May 1983, two pieces of Italian Renaissance armor went missing. The circumstances around their disappearance still remain a mystery.

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The Louvre Turns to Merch

The famous French museum has embraced all retail opportunities in an effort to offset the economic effects of the pandemic.

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French Mayor Opens Museums, Defying Coronavirus Orders

Cultural institutions in France have been clamoring to reopen for months. They found an unlikely champion in a far-right civic official in Perpignan.

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A New, Safe Home for the Louvre’s Unseen Treasures

An ultramodern conservation center in northern France is a haven for flood-threatened items from the museum’s central Paris basement.

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Mona Lisa Is Alone, but Still Smiling

With the Louvre closed because of the pandemic, museum officials are pushing ahead on a grand restoration and cleanup.

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The Museums of Paris: A Source for Gifts Inspired by the Past

Although a new lockdown has made it more challenging, browsing at museum shops is still an option, thanks to the internet.

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What to Do At Home This Week

See the Mona Lisa, up your baking skills and get some answers to your salacious questions about dinosaurs.

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When the Louvre Reopens, It’s Going to Be Quiet

The museum’s president said visitor numbers could be reduced as much as 80 percent. That might mean a better view of the Mona Lisa, if you can get there.

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Now Virtual and in Video, Museum Websites Shake Off the Dust

Homebound and feeling the wanderlust? Our critic’s guide to the best online presentations from the world’s leading art palaces and picture galleries.

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Art Recreation Is the Only Good Instagram Challenge

Around the world, people are posing as famous portraits with toilet paper, bedsheets, drawn-on unibrows, and did we mention toilet paper?

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