The Galerie du temps
The Gallery of Time is the veritable heart of the Louvre-Lens. A continuous open space covering 3,000 square metres, it is home to 200 masterpieces loaned by the Musée du Louvre. The chronological display extends from the 4th millennium BC to the mid 19th century and offers an original journey through the history of art and humanity. Intermixing periods, techniques and civilizations, it enables visitors to see and rediscover the Louvre’s collections in a new way.
The Gallery of Time is curated by Jean-Luc Martinez, president and director of the Musée du Louvre, and Vincent Pomarède, director of cultural and outreach programming at the Musée du Louvre.
Discover new masterpieces
The Gallery of Time is not fixed: every year, on the occasion of the Louvre-Lens’s anniversary, the layout is changed and the collection partially renewed.
On 4 December 2017, to mark the museum’s fifth anniversary, around forty new masterpieces were installed in the Gallery of Time. They include an exceptional group of national treasures that have been acquired by the French State for the Louvre since 2012.
Visitors to Lens can now discover such major works as Jean de Cambrai’s Two Mourners from a funeral cortege that was on the tomb of the Duc de Berry, Pisanello’s Portrait of a Princess from the Este Family, Murillo’s The Young Beggar, Jacques Saly’s Cupid Testing one of His Arrows, Greuze’s Reading the Bible and Johann Christian Neuber’s Breteuil Table.
Lying to the east of the entrance hall, the Gallery of Time occupies a spectacular open space 120 metres long, covering an area of 3,000 m2.
Its unbroken internal walls devoid of windows are clad in aluminium. The hazy reflective surface puts the works and visitors into perspective while blurring the edges of the space, thereby avoiding any sense of enclosure.
The light grey concrete floor, the monochrome simplicity of the displays and the even, diffuse lighting from above form an ethereal setting in which the works seem to float, with no compartmentalisation of space to impede visitors’ views and movements.
The gallery’s entrance affords a sweeping view of the entire gallery. The floor follows the terrain’s gentle slope, with visitors descending as they pass through the exhibition.
This carefully considered choice, highlighting the variety of materials, sizes and forms, helps to show each work to best advantage, enabling them to be seen from different angles and varying distances.
Explore the Gallery of Time from the comfort of your own home.
View the works in the Gallery of Time by picking your favourites or by focusing on a chronological period: make sure you make use of both these display options.
The museum is open every day except Tuesday, from 10am to 6pm (admission and ticket desks close at 5:15pm).
The museum is closed on Tuesdays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
The town of Lens can be reached by the A21 motorway, which links up with the A1 – E17 (Lille–Paris) and the A26 – E15 (Calais–Reims).
Paul Bert car park (rue Paul Bert in Lens), Jean Jaurès car park in Liévin (4 rue du Dr Piette), Stade Bollaert-Delelis car park (reached via the rue Boulloche in Lens).
Admission to the Gallery of Time and the Glass Pavilion is free.
The Môm’Art charter was drawn up by parents and visitors keen to bring children to the museum. Its aim is to help museums and cultural sites encourage visits by children and families.