Two-Hundred Years without Napoleon. At the Grande Halle de la Villette, an Exhibition without Precedent

Two-Hundred Years without Napoleon. At the Grande Halle de la Villette, an Exhibition without Precedent
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Liberator and tyrant, winner and loser, tragic and heroic, admired and detested, two centuries after his death, Napoleon has never ceased fascinating us. In occasion of the Bicentenary, the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris explores the figure of Bonaparte in a large exhibition and retraces history, highlighting the most controversial aspects, but also the positive legacy of which we still feel the effects. Spectacular and imposing, the exhibition Napoléon brings together 150 pieces from some of the most prestigious French museums, from the Louvre to the Musée de l’Armée, from the Palace at Versailles to the Fondation Napoléon, but also the Castle of Fontainebleau and the Mobilier National. Artistic masterpieces created under the Emperor, precious objects which belonged to Napoleon and contemporary creations form an itinerary divided into nine sections, which invite us to experience the rise and fall of a titanic character. Paintings and sculptures are highlighted, but also magnificent costumes of court, Sèvres porcelain, unique silver pieces, such as the monumental carriage built for Bonaparte’s wedding to Maria Luisa of Austria and the modest funeral carriage used for his funeral on Sant’Elena. Accurate reconstructions of the environs of that age and digital installations help to make the narrative all the more vivid - there is even the grand Imperial camp tent, completely furnished with original pieces, a table decked out with the most sumptuous decorations of the period, the throne room and a gigantic projection of one of the most famous cavalry charges in French history, that of the battle of Eylau.
Francesca Grego - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Paris