The Spectacular Second Empire, 1852-1870

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The Spectacular Second Empire, 1852-1870

27 September, 2016 to 16 January, 2017


Musée d'Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris

To celebrate its 30th anniversary in autumn 2016, the Musée d'Orsay is looking at the entertainments and festivities of the Second Empire and at the different "stages" on which our modernity was invented. The exhibition's thematic lay-out, with paintings, sculptures, photographs, architectural drawings, objets d'art and jewellery side by side, creates a portrait of this prolific and brilliant era, so rich in contradictions.