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14 April 2021 19 September 2021
Marking the bicentenary of his death, the Napoléon exhibition explores the unlikely story of a complex character who was at once admired and controversial, victorious and conquered, heroic and tragic; a dramatic story that continues to fascinate our contemporaries to this day. It will highlight his political and cultural legacies that have profoundly impacted certain countries, chief among them France, as well as the...

Women painters, 1780 - 1830 The birth of a battle

3 March 2021 4 July 2021
It is widely believed that after the glory of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun linked to the Ancien Régime, it was not until the second half of the 19th century that such remarkable female painters could be found. However, it was between 1780 and 1830 that their struggle found its roots: the right to training, professionalization, a public existence and a place on the art market. The women artists presented at the Musée du...

Picasso - Rodin

9 February 2021 2 January 2022
The "Picasso-Rodin" exhibition, organised by the Musée national Picasso-Paris and the Rodin Museum, offers a unique encounter between two outstanding artists whose formal inventions mark a turning point in modern art. Held simultaneously in both institutions, the exhibition will highlight unexpected convergences in the creative processes that mark the work of the two artists....

The Origins of the World

15 December 2020 2 May 2021
In the second half of the 19th century, Darwin and his followers, such as Haeckel in Germany, questioned the origins of man, his place in Nature, his relationship with animals and his own animality in a world now understood as an ecosystem....

This upheaval in the sciences, as well as the public debates that have taken place throughout the century, have had a profound influence on artists. The iconography of the monkey reflects the embarrassment in front of our ape ancestors and the fantastical quest for the "missing link". The symbolist aesthetics of metamorphosis is populated by monsters and hybrids, centaurs, minotaurs, mermaids and other chimeras. With Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur, Nature becomes an artist

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