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18:00  17 may  2019
18:00  17 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The Louvre Pyramid (Pyramide du Louvre ) is a large glass and metal pyramid designed by Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei , surrounded by three smaller pyramids , in the main courtyard

I M Pei , the architect behind buildings including the glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris, has died aged 102. Tributes have been pouring in, remembering him for a lifetime of designing iconic structures worldwide. Pei ' s designs are renowned for their emphasis on precision geometry, plain

Louvre museum pays tribute to pyramid's architect Pei© The Associated Press Le Louvre museum employees applaud to pay tribute to the architect of its giant glass pyramid, I.M. Pei, Friday, May 17, 2019 in Paris. Pei died earlier this week at the age of 102. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS — The Louvre museum in Paris paid tribute Friday to the architect of its giant glass pyramid, I.M. Pei who died earlier this week at the age of 102 at his home in New York City.

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Louvre pyramid architect I. M. Pei at 100. Suzhou Art Museum . Pei ' s design for the Louvre pyramid has become the most iconic landmark of Paris after the Eiffel Tower. However, the modernist structure faced what appeared to be insurmountable opposition from Parisians, who disliked the idea

Ieoh Ming Pei , FAIA, RIBA (26 April 1917 – 16 May 2019) was a Chinese-American architect . Born in Guangzhou and raised in Hong Kong and Shanghai

The President-director of the Louvre, Jean-Luc Martinez, expressed his "huge sadness" to the China-born Pei, whose creation helped cement the Louvre, home of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa and countless other artistic treasures, as one of the world's must-go destinations.

France's former culture minister, Jack Lang, who was in office when the pyramid plan was unveiled in 1984, remembered an "extraordinary gentle man", who "inspired respect because he himself was very respectful of the history of the country."

The project launched by President Francois Mitterrand was met with much controversy.

"It shows that you must never fear to be audacious because in the end, when you bet on intelligence and beauty, it's a success", Lang told The Associated Press on Friday.

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I.M. Pei Louvre Pyramid Architect Dead at 102. Pei -- who launched his career with a New York real estate developer in 1948 after graduating from Harvard -- is best known for designing the glass and steel Louvre Pyramid which serves as the entrance to the Louvre Museum .

Pei , the globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre museum in Paris with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock 19, 2009, file photo shows the entrance of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum , designed by architect I.M. Pei , in Boston.

Many of the French vehemently opposed such a modern addition to the Louvre, which was once a royal palace.

But Mitterrand and his supporters prevailed, and the pyramid was finished in 1989. It is the symbol of two decades of renovation of the museum, Lang stressed.

"The Louvre was dirty, abandoned with very few visitors," Lang said. "Our dream was to realize one of the most beautiful museums in the world and this ambition we could realize it because Pei was a courageous, intelligent, creative man and nothing could stop his commitment."

Anne-Laure Beatrix, deputy administrator of the Louvre, described the pyramid as a "piece of art in itself" that the museum's millions of visitors every year admire.

She stressed that the museum was celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the pyramid.

"Throughout the year we have seen videos of Pei, so we were able to listen to his voice again and see his smile. We all know what we owe him because with this pyramid the Louvre entered modern era."

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Nicolas Garriga and Oleg Cetinic in Paris contributed to the story.

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