Louvre Offers Bey-Jay Art Tour

This was inevitable. Louvre art museum officials were so blown away by Beyoncé, and Jay-Z’s “Apeshit” video for the couple’s joint album “Everything Is Love” that they’ve launched a special tour of the masterpieces that feature in the film. The atmospheric six-minute video “Apeshit” includes scenes from the museum and 17 paintings and

sculptures, from the “Winged Victory of Samothrace” to Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and Marie Benoist’s “Portrait of a Negress.” The video is a meld of pop and classic, the deeply personal (“I can’t believe we made it,” Beyoncé sings) with the sweeping scale of Western art, African beauty and the plight of slaves. The museum’s self-guided 90-minute audio tour (“Jay-Z et Beyonce au Louvre”) is currently only available in French, but other languages will be available soon. The guide explains the artworks in the video, but doesn’t delve into the meaning of the art in the context of “Apeshit.”

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