French pretension update: Henri Loyrette, the Louvre's art director, is facing what The London Times calls charges of "cultural prostitution, populism [!], and debasing the ideals of this most august of institutions." Loryette’s offense? “Picasso and the Masters,” a new exhibition that will display Picasso's work alongside that of Goya, Velazquez, and Delacroix in three different museums, including the Louvre. The chairman of the Society of Friends of the Louvre called the masses who will visit the museum "a cancer" who will "visit the Louvre like they'd visit Chernobyl." If Goya succeeds in putting butts in the seats, who knows what travesty could be next?
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