The Louvre Museum’s Islamic Arts Hall

Thursday, 1 January, 2015

As part of its commitment to bring cultures together, Alwaleed Philanthropies supports arts and media projects that promote intercultural dialogue and preserve Islamic heritage.

As a result, Alwaleed Philanthropies donated $23 million – the largest contribution ever made by the organization – to help construct the Louvre Museum’s Islamic Arts Hall. Displaying the world’s richest and most diverse collection of Islamic art, the gallery was unveiled in September 2012 and is the first of its kind at the Louvre. 10,000 historical pieces, including Islamic glasswork, ceramics, Ottoman Empire arts, and one of the world’s most important carpet collections, are housed in a contemporary and innovative space – designed by the renowned architects Rudy Ricciotti and Mario Bellini.

HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal said: “The Louvre Museum’s Department of Islamic Art assists in the understanding of the true meaning of Islam, a religion of humanity and the acceptance of other cultures. It is a positive symbol, reinforcing understanding between Western and Islamic cultures and civilizations.”