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Presented in the Petite Galerie du Louvre in Paris, throughout the school year, the exhibition “Founding Myths”, from October 17, 2015 to July 4th, 2016, tells how illustrators, sculptors, painters, puppeteers, filmmakers, and musicians from all around the world have drawn inspiration from myths, given them form, and brought them to life.

What are myths? And how are they portrayed? How are myths passed on to us? How have artists appropriated them? Told, sung, written, and illustrated, myths are a part of all cultures and civilizations, including contemporary popular culture.

Star Wars, modern myth

The exhibition displays some 70 artworks, grouped into four sections. The first gallery invites you to discover the tales told by different civilizations in an effort to explain the creation of the world. Then find out how the cycles of nature are recounted in Greek, Egyptian, and Islamic civilizations. Meet mythological heroes such as Gilgamesh, Orpheus, Hercules, and Icarus, and see how they have been portrayed by classical and contemporary artists.

In the final gallery, ponder modern-day interpretations of myths and metamorphoses: from Jean Cocteau to Star Wars, Japanese manga to Fantômas, do the mythologies of popular culture not still draw from the same repertoire of stories and tales?

When? From October 17, 2015 to July 4, 2016. Every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday. Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. (ticket included with museum ticket: €15.)

What’s The Petite Galerie?

A new space for learning and wonderment, an unprecedented, long-term project dedicated to art education, the Petite Galerie du Louvre inaugurated on October 17, 2015.

True “education for the eye,” the Petite Galerie will invite young visitors and their accompanying adults (parents, teachers, youth leaders, etc.) to explore a different theme each year through major artworks from prehistory to the present day.

By dedicating a specific space to artistic and cultural education at the heart of the museum, Director Jean-Luc Martinez wanted to recall the spirit in which the Louvre was founded, a museum open to all since 1793. Also rolled out online and beyond the museum walls, the Petite Galerie will give visitors the keys to observing and explaining the artworks, thus ensuring their visit to the museum is a real pleasure.

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When:
From October 17, 2015 to July 4, 2016

Where: Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Metro: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7)