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The Musée du Louvre and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, which includes the De Young and Legion of Honor museums announced a five-year collaboration at the 16th of November 2012. The museums will organise exhibitions, publications, art conservation and educational programming together. For Louve it’s the first long-term collaboration with a West Coast museum in the U.S.

“This accord give us an opportunity to bring some great works to San Francisco and show off some of our finest art in Paris,’’ says Richard Benefield, the deputy director of the San Francisco insitutions. “Exchanges like these take years to work out but they’re worth every effort.’’

Loyrette says that there is no fee connected to the deal. “We share the costs, we pay for what we have to pay.” (Whereas the Louvre received $6.4m for its partnership with the High Museum, a three-year plan that provided seven exhibitions.)

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