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The museums of Paris in strong recovery three years after the Covid


Louvre +170%. And the municipal authorities beat the 'historical record' (ANSA)

Paris is well worth a museum: three years after the start of the pandemic linked to the coronavirus, the great Parisian museums recorded a strong recovery in visits in 2022. With 7.8 million visitors, the Louvre, the largest museum in the world it houses masterpieces such as the Gioconda by Leonardo da Vinci or the Wedding at Cana by Paolo Caliari known as il Veronese, it has seen the public rise by 170% compared to 2021, even if 19% less than in 2019 (9.6 million).

In the past year, the Americans returned (18% of attendance in 2022 against 16% in 2019), but the Chinese public is missing (8% in 2019) which remained "almost absent".

Absence, however, "compensated" by an increasing presence of European citizens, starting with those from countries close to France such as Germany, Italy,

UK and Spain.

"A formidable encouragement", comments the president of the Louvre, Laurence des Cars, who from June 2023 will host the 'Naples in Paris' review.

Thanks to a partnership agreement with Italy, about sixty masterpieces from the Capodimonte museum will reach the famous Parisian museum for six months, for what appears to be a "spectacular" comparison between two of the most important Italian art collections in the planet.

    The Château de Versailles, one of the most visited sites in France, also enjoys the return of foreign visitors who accounted for 77% of tickets in 2022. Versailles totals 6.9 million visits, 16% less than the pre-level -Covid in 2019 (8.2 million), but definitely compared to the 73% drop in 2021. Three weeks after closing, the major autumn retrospective on Norwegian painter Edvard Munch at the Musée d'Orsay is on the verge of breaking a record 600,000 visitors.

While the Center Pompidou welcomed three million people, doubling its attendance compared to 2021 (1.5 million) and regaining a "level close to that of 2019".

In the famous structure designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, in the heart of Paris, the permanent collections of

    After years of renovation work for half of them, the 14 museums of the Paris municipality (Ville de Paris), register for their part a "historical record" in the ticket office.

Among them, the completely renovated Musée Carnavalet has totaled over one million visitors as well as the Petit Palais, while the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM) counts around 560,000 visitors, almost double from 2019. it is good to remember that the museums managed by the Parisian municipality are still completely free for residents of Rome, in the name of the ancient twinning between the two capitals of France and Italy, sanctioned in 1956 with the motto 'Only Rome is worthy of Paris.

Only Paris is worthy of Rome'.

Source: ansa

All life articles on 2023-01-06

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