J’arrive! Napoleon, the five faces of triumph (Warsaw)

Exhibition
from 20/04/2018 to 30/06/2018
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The touring exhibition “J’arrive! Napoleon, the five faces of triumph” continues its journey, this time welcomed in the capital of Poland’s Palace of Culture and Science – Pałac Kultury i Nauki – until 30 June 2018. The interactive show which combines authentic evocative objects from the life of Napoleon with dynamic technological creations is produced in partnership by Napoleon Touring LTD, DOCA, the Musée de l’Armée, and the Fondation Napoléon. It was first presented in Udine, near Venice, from December 2016 to February 2017, then in Turin, from 28 October 2017 to 28 January 2018.

In particular, this exhibition includes items related to Poland, such as letters from Napoleon to Marie Walewska, mother of his first child.

The exhibition is based on five “scenes” each articulated around a 3-D representation of Napoleon at a key moment in his life (soldier, General, Consul, Emperor, exile); this “journey” will be illustrated by many objects to illustrate the life of the Emperor.

The exhibition promises to be original and dynamic: as well as authentic objects and artworks from the period and dozens of costumes, the visitor will relive the napoleonic experience via videos, sound-effects, a life-size replica of Napoleon’s tomb, a simulation of a battle…

The Fondation Napoléon is lending sixty objects from its collections to the exhibition: including: Napoleon’s death mask (after Francesco ANTOMMARCHI, 1780-1838) portraits of  Napoleon (by Jean-Baptiste ISABEY and Adrien-Jean-Maximilien VACHETTE) and of Josephine (by Daniel SAINT, 1778-1847), Napoleon’s hunting rifle (by  Jean LE PAGE, 1746-1834), Napoleon’s dental “nécessaire” (by Martin-Guillaume BIENNAIS), several plates from the Emperor’s personal table service (Sevres manufacture), The Battle of Marengo (by Jacques-François-Joseph SWEBACH DES-FONTAINES, 1769-1823), a sword from the Institut d’Egypte, pieces from the Egyptian tea service, a campaign telescope (by Noël-Jean LEREBOURS, 1762-1840), Napoleon I wearing his coronation robes (by Marie-Victoire JAQUOTOT, 1772-1855), Josephine’s punch bowl (by Martin-Guillaume BIENNAIS, 1764-1843), two vases from the Sevres manufactory: one “fuseau” vase bearing a portrait of the Emperor in his coronation robes, and the other (Etruscan carafe) representing the baptism of the Roi de Rome in Cameo style, Napoleon’s cristal tumbler and its carrying case, pages of Napoleon’s Handwritten English lessons, the Complete works of Antoine-Vincent Arnault, a Breguet Pocket watch, a bronze bust of General Bonaparte by Corbet, and lots more ….

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