Napoleon: Art and Court Life in the Imperial Palace show extended by The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Napoleon: Art and Court Life in the Imperial Palace – The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is extending its major exhibition Napoleon: Art and Court Life in the Imperial Palace by three days – until May 10 inclusively. Don’t miss this chance to discover an exceptional array of over 400 arts works and objects that offer a new perspective on a historical figure and his entourage.
The exhibition reveals the essential role played by the Imperial Household during Napoleon’s reign, from his coronation in 1804 to his exile in 1815. It revolves around the six departments that comprised the Household and the key individuals who served in the daily and ceremonial life of the Emperor and his family. Grand Officers, chamberlains, equerries, master of ceremonies, ladies-in-waiting, pages, artists and artisans were all involved in composing the Imperial legend.
An innovative exhibition design recreates the splendour of the apartments by incorporating mapping projections, and presents paintings, sculptures, furniture, silverware and porcelain, tapestries, silk hangings and court dress, most of which have never before been displayed in North America.
Be sure to cap off your visit with a reflection on the cult of the image with the interactive installation The Power of Images. Installed in conjunction with the major exhibition Napoleon: Art and Court Life in the Imperial Palace, this playful installation, produced in collaboration with the artist Laurent Craste, allows visitors to become – for the time of the their visit – an effigy in the manner of the Emperor Napoleon, whose portrait adorned many diplomatic gifts.
Tuesday, May 9 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 10 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free admission for children 12 and under, accompanied by an adult.
Feature image: View of the exhibition Napoleon: Art and Court Life in the Imperial Palace. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Photo: MMFA, Denis Farley