1870-1871 The Terrible Year

from 26/05/2021 to 14/08/2021
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(1870-1871 L’année Terrible)

1870-1871 The Terrible Year

Two major events took place between the summer of 1870 and the summer of 1871: the war against Prussia from September 1870 to January 1871, then the Commune from March to May 1871. Paris was subjected to two successive sieges and the Fort d’Issy, which commanded the weakest part of the capital’s walls, took centre stage.

The exhibition focuses on the reintegration of these key moments in the history of Issy in the context of the period, through painting, graphic arts and sculpture. It thus shows that although the Commune became the most important event of the year 1870-71, it was for a long time overshadowed by the Franco-Prussian war, of which it was a direct consequence. The two events have obvious points in common, not the least of which is their final failure. For an artist, the question must have been: how to represent the unfortunate outcome of a conflict? While everyone responded with their own emotions and priorities, each event also gave rise to its own images.

Musée Français de la Carte à jouer
(Playing Card Museum and the Issy-les-Moulineaux History Gallery)

website in English

16 Rue Auguste Gervais,
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux,
France, (Paris suburbs)

Opening times :
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday : 11am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday : 2 pm-6 pm
July : 1 pm-6 pm from Wednesday to Sunday
Closed on bank holidays and in August.
Group accepted by reservation from Tuesday to Sunday.

Individual ticket for nonresident (neither living in Issy nor in the urban agglomeration GPSO)
Adult : 4,70€
Reduced price: 3,60€
Under 26 : free admission




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