The 25 Biggest Art Moments of 2012 

9. Louvre Opens Satellite Museum in Lens, France

Date: December 4, 2012

The addition of the Louvre satellite museum in Lens, France is important for a number of reasons. The $194 million museum adds Old Masters to a depressed coal-mining town, invigorating its local economy and expanding the reach of the institution. We look forward to seeing how this will revive the region and hopefully set a standard for other countries to do the same with their art resources.

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