Napoléon et Paris, Rêve d'une capitale - Paris, 2015

The principal political theater of the Napoleonic epic, Paris was also one of the major preoccupations of the First Consul and then of the Emperor. The purpose of this exhibition is to illustrate the complex relations maintained by Napoleon Bonaparte with the capital.

Paris was the place where the double identity of the heir of the Enlightenment and the promoter of a new absolutism appeared in the most revealing light. After recalling the Parisian stages of the Napoleonic epic, from its youth to its second abdication, the exhibition will evoke the actors of the administration of a city then populated by 600,000 inhabitants.

In a Paris conceived as the center of the political, diplomatic and social life of the "Great Empire", the palace of the Tuileries became the official residence of the emperor and welcomed the new court, as well as the elites of all Europe.

An administrator of genius but also a visionary, Napoleon dreams of great monuments for Paris and planning projects, which announce the major transformations that the capital will undergo under Napoleon III.

The exhibition ends with the memory that Napoleon left in Paris, through monuments such as the Vendôme column or the tomb of the Emperor.

At the same time, as part of a "Napoleon season" at the Musée Carnavalet - Histoire deParis, the exhibition "Paris-Vienne: 1814-1815. Birth of a New Europe "organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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