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A NEW ART TREASURE AT THE LOUVRE…. SUPERSTAR JANET JACKSON WILL BE THE FIRST FEMALE POP ARTIST IN THE WORLD TO PERFORM UNDER THE ICONIC PYRAMID

04/05/11

(Paris, France) Six-time Grammy award-winning recording artist, superstar Janet Jackson, who has sold over 100 million records world-wide, will perform under the iconic I.M.Pei glass Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris on Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

Jackson, who received an Oscar-nomination for song writing, will be the first female pop artist in the world to perform in conjunction with the revered museum’s biannual fundraising event titled “Liaisons au Louvre.”

"The Louvre and its stunning glass Pyramid are equaled only by the priceless treasures that are housed within its impressive walls. It is an honor to be asked to participate in such an incredible evening at this historic location. "Liaisons au Louvre" will be an unequaled event, raising much needed funds for this institution and the preservation of art that moves the soul," said JANET.

Mr. Henri Loyrette, Président-Directeur of the Louvre Museum, states, “Janet Jackson is one of the world’s greatest artistic treasures. Accordingly, we are profoundly honored, and believe it most fitting, that her performance in the Louvre Museum will be yet another masterpiece captured under our glorious glass Pyramid. I believe the evening with Janet Jackson will be great “coup” for our institution!”

Known for her innovative records and elaborate stage performances, as well as for her roles on television and film, Ms. Jackson has been an incredibly prominent figure in popular culture for over twenty-five years. Her artistic brilliance, combined with her multifaceted background, has made Jackson a global superstar. Ranked one of the best selling artists in the history of contemporary music, and one of the world’s most awarded artists, Jackson’s longevity, records, and achievements reflect her influence in shaping and redefining the scope of popular music. JANET is currently on her largest ever world tour, NUMBER ONES Up Close and Personal.

ABOUT “LIAISONS AU LOUVRE”

“Liaisons au Louvre”, is the generous initiative of the American philanthropist Mrs. Becca Cason Thrash, who created and serves as Chairman of the event, and is also Vice-Chairman of the “American and International Friends of the Louvre”.

“Liaisons au Louvre I” – The inaugural event, “Liaisons au Louvre I”, raised $ 2.7 million during its premier edition in June 2008 and was attended by Princess Caroline and Prince Ernst-August of Hanover, Simon and Yasmin Le Bon, and Bianca Jagger amongst many others. Duran Duran gave a private concert. It was the first time ever that the Louvre hosted a private fund raising event of this scale.

“Liaisons au Louvre II” – The second edition “Liaisons au Louvre II” will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in Paris, within the Louvre Museum. Funds from Liaisons au Louvre II will help restore an extraordinary Louis XV drawing room, which will be featured in the Louvre’s 18th-century decorative arts galleries, reopening in 2013.

The evening will take place under the High Patronage of Mrs. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. The International Committee includes some of the following notables: The Honorable Charles H. Rivkin, United States Ambassador to the Republic of France and Mrs. Susan Tolson, HRH Prince Pavlos of Greece, HRH Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece Mr Stanislas de Quercize (Van Cleef & Arpels), Ms Glenda Bailey (Harper’s Bazaar USA), Mr. Hubert Guerrand-Hermès, Baronne Benjamin de Rothschild, Mr. Thaddaeus Ropac, Mr Yves Carcelle (Louis Vuitton), Mrs. Yasmin LeBon, Mr Jacques Garcia, Mr Stefano Pilati, Ms Dasha Zhukova, Prince Amyn Aga Kahn, Mr. Hamish Bowles, Ms. Roberta Armani, to list but a few of the committee.

Guests include renowned art collectors from around the world, global philanthropists, leaders of industry, fashion designers, luxury brand CEO’s, and press.

Mr. Christopher Forbes, Chairman, “American and International Friends of the Louvre”, and Mr. Henri Loyrette, Président-Directeur of the Louvre Museum both will be in attendance.

The evening’s attire is “black tie, full length and fabulous. “ After cocktails in the elaborately furnished 19th century apartments of Napoleon III, a magnificent seated dinner for 350 guests will be served in the Cour Marly amidst the Louvre’s masterpieces of European sculpture.

At dinner’s end, guests will adjourn to the iconic I.M. Pei Pyramid transformed into a sleek nightclub, where a brief live auction will take place. Following the auction there will be a concert, previously mentioned, by pop sensation, Janet Jackson.

An important Richard Prince painting is the showpiece of the live auction. Both Mr. Prince and gallery owner Larry Gagosian will be present. A small silent auction of fine timepieces will feature some of the most extraordinary brands in the world.

For an overview of all the media coverage that the event received during its first edition in June 2008 please go to: www.liaisonsaulouvre.com

Karla Otto Agency in Paris, with offices in New York, London, and Milan, will handle all press relations relative to Liaisons au Louvre II.

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