In case you’ve been living under a rock, Beyonce and Jay-Z dropped a collaborative album called Everything is Love, in which the first single released was ‘Apeshit’.
In true Queen Bey style, the video was filmed in the Louvre Museum in Paris, and a number of iconic art pieces casually made cameos. And though the Carters command most of the attention (and rightfully so) some of these artworks almost steal their thunder. You probably recognized the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, maybe Winged Victory of Samothrace. But did you know Jacques Louis David’s Portrait of Madame Récamier, or Theodore Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa?
In celebration of this marriage of historic art and pop culture, the Louvre has created a museum tour inspired by the video. The 90-minute program promises to teach tour-goers more about the works featured in the video. The tour is self-guided, with a map for visitors to follow, with each piece’s history and relevance explained.
If you’re in Paris, or planning to visit soon, it’s likely that you’ll stop by the Louvre at some point. Now, you have the opportunity to get that little bit closer to Beyonce with this tour. The real benefit of a tour like this is that it’s neatly curated with an interesting theme, but it’s also highlighting some of the most important pieces of art of our time. You’ve got to admire Beyonce, thanks to her, an entire generation of people will be able to pick out The Wedding Feast at Cana out of a lineup.
But if a trip to Paris isn’t in the cards anytime soon, fear not. The museum has produced an online version of the tour, so you can immerse yourself in that. As well as the Carters’ video itself, of course.