One of the best songs off Lorde’s 2017 sophomore album Melodrama is “The Louvre.” The title comes from the now-famous lines, “But we’re the greatest / They’ll hang us in the Louvre / Down the back, but who cares — still the Louvre.” And now a fan has made her Lorde Louvre dreams come true by bringing her own copy of Melodrama to the acclaimed museum and (briefly) hanging it:
Hey @lorde , I hung Melodrama in the Louvre !
A masterpiece surrounded by others – l took it on a journey through time and space, from Antiquity, passing by Renaissance, to Modern Times.
(I had to do it very quickly cause security started to watch me and hunt down on me lol) pic.twitter.com/PlOZOqoA9l
— Nina ⚡ (@NinaRichard_) November 26, 2017
Nina Richard is a huge fan of Lorde. The Parisian student and photographer says Lorde’s her favorite artist — and, well, we get it. She brought her signed copy of Melodrama with her and put it up next to the Mona Lisa for a quick picture.
She told Triple J Radio that she told her friend about her idea, who was skeptical — but was down. “I’m so sure we can find a little room and do it quickly. And she was like ‘I’m gonna follow you, but you’re crazy as fuck.'”
Richard was looking for a place to hang it:
You’re gonna think I’m completely crazy. I wanted to hang it down the back; it fits with the song so it was cool. But there were actually a lot of security down the back, and not many people. So I told my friend, “OK, we’re going to hang it in a big room with a lot of paintings.” And it was like “You’re crazy, you can’t do that!” And we actually hanged it the room before the Mona Lisa — so it wasn’t down the back at all! But there were so many people there, so security was watching everyone, so there was a chance I wouldn’t get caught.
While she did get the shot, she also aroused the suspicions of the Louvre’s security:
Get the camera ready, I’m going to hang it between this statue and this painting, and we’re gonna do it quickly because the security is gonna see us. So I hung it, and my friend took the pictures, and we were like “we gotta go”, and the security started talking into Walkie-talkies, and walked quite fast up to us, and we were like “Run now!”
Richard has been handling her newfound internet fame well — with another Lorde joke:
I'm above Royal Family, who says that we're never be royals ? Oh Lorde right. pic.twitter.com/i7ptvbOQiU
— Nina ⚡ (@NinaRichard_) November 28, 2017
So far, Lorde herself hasn’t commented, but then she’s had a busy day. Not only has she been hanged in the Louvre, she also snatched a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.
Featured image by Nina Richard