It’s been just under a month since Beyoncé and Jay-Z dropped their joint album, Everything Is Love, and made their professional debut as simply “the Carters.” On top of a lush album, the collaboration also gave us the video for the single “Apeshit,” wherein the duo took over the Louvre with a cadre of dancers, co-opting as background pieces work by some of the deadest and whitest dead white men in history.
Riding the buzz of Everything Is Love, the Louvre has announced the “JAY-Z and Beyoncé at the Louvre” tour, guiding visitors to all 19 artworks featured in “Apeshit.” If you can’t make it to the Louvre itself, the website provides a walkthrough and explanation for each piece, culminating with the stunning “Portrait of a Black Woman.”
Now, if there’s any museum in the world that doesn’t need a Beyoncé boost, it’s the Louvre. But, on the other hand, why waste a golden opportunity and so much publicity? Red Lobster famously squandered the plug the restaurant got in “Formation,” and, well, the Louvre sure as hell isn’t going to screw up as badly as Red Lobster did.