The architect Ieoh Ming Pei, famous in France for being at the origin of the Louvre Pyramid, died at the age of 102 years. It is the son of the American artist, born in China in 1917, who announced the news in the New York Times.
Very prolific, IM Pei has to his credit the pyramid of the Louvre, a project much criticized during its construction in the 1980s. François Mitterrand particularly appreciated the work he had done at the National Gallery in Washington, a few years earlier. . But from the first sketches unveiled, it is accused of coming "spoil the French heritage".
In "Le Monde", the chronicler André Fermigier is indignant even that "we treat the courtyard of the Louvre in annex of Disneyland". After several years of debate and aesthetic-political negotiations, Pei's work will eventually convince most of his detractors. Last March, she celebrated her 30th birthday without an ounce of controversy.
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The Louvre pyramid was inaugurated in 1989./LP/Philippe Baverel
An international career
However, Pei's work does not stop at this French adventure, far from it. In addition, the city hall of Dallas, the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong are all mixed up. More recently, he had also been asked by Qatar to concoct the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.
The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, inaugurated in 2008./KARIM JAAFAR / AL-WATAM DOHA / AFP
I.M. Pei has received many awards over the years, including the Pritzker Prize in 1983, sometimes called the "Nobel Prize for Architecture".