Ei Fu – Napoleon Bonaparte from Piedmont to Europe (1796-1815)

from 17/03/2018 to 24/06/2018
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The exhibition is open to the public
with free admission
from Tuesday to Sunday
from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Napoleon Bonaparte and Piedmont: a love-hate relationship in a period of great geopolitical, social and cultural changes, an experience that was in some ways troubled, but which – as often happens in history – has left a great mark still tangible today. And it is precisely the description of all this that is the ambitious objective of the exhibition “Ei Fu – Napoleon Bonaparte from Piedmont to Europe (1796-1815)”, scheduled from Saturday 17 March to Sunday 24 June 2018 at Palazzo Salmatoris in Cherasco (CN).

The exhibition tells the cultural and social aspects of Napoleon Bonaparte’s epic, with particular attention to the events that took place from his arrival in Piedmont in 1796 until his abdication in 1814 and the return of the Savoys from exile in Sardinia. The exhibition is held in the same building where Napoleon stayed on 28 April 1796 on the occasion of the signing of the Cherasco armistice, a centre within the European Federation of Napoleonic Cities. From here Bonaparte began his advance in Italy, parallel to his conquests in Europe.

Cherasco’s exhibition is about armies and battles, but above all about social, cultural and urban transformations, statutes and laws, the emancipation of Jewish citizens and stories of artists, scientists and scholars who followed Napoleon in the race towards the ideal of a new Europe and who reached important positions, such as the Piedmontese Carlo Secondo Salmatoris by Rosillon and Bernardino Drovetti.

There are about one hundred objects on display: documents, books, prints, paintings, sculptures, miniatures, porcelain, musical instruments, theatrical costumes, weapons, silverware and medals. The works come from prestigious Piedmontese institutions, including the Accorsi-Ometto Foundation, the Egyptian Museum and the Turin State Archives, as well as from Cherasco itself and from Krash organizations, in particular the G.B. Adriani Library and the Historical Civic Archives, and from numerous private collectors.

The exhibition was commissioned by the City of Cherasco and is promoted by the Cherasco 1631 Association, two years after the great success of “In the sign of the Savoy. Cherasco diplomatic fortress”. The curator of the exhibition and catalogue is Laura Facchin, art historian and researcher at the University of Insubria, with the collaboration of Luca Mana, Flavio Russo and numerous scholars and specialists in the field.

A separate section of the exhibition is dedicated to “Napoleonmania” and curated by Alessia Giorda, historian, and Francesco Ganora, a passionate and Napoleonic collector, with a collection of memorabilia and a vast collection of objects that celebrates the myth of Napoleon from the nineteenth century to the present in its most diverse and often bizarre expressions, from comics to beard soap, from bottles of liqueur to figurines.

The exhibition is open to the public with free admission from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 7 pm. The side events organised as part of the exhibition are open to all visitors. Guided tours for groups and schools are also planned.

The exhibition was sponsored by the Piedmont Region and was organized in collaboration with the Accorsi-Ometto Foundation and the Egyptian Museum, thanks to the support of the main sponsor Banca di Cherasco and the sponsors Reale Mutua, Fondazione De Benedetti – Cherasco 1547 Onlus and Castello Visconteo di Cherasco and with the organizational support of the Cherasco Cultura Association and the Le Terre dei Savoia Association.

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