As you’ll know from my previous blogs. Paris is never short on a good exhibition and this coming week sees the opening of two rather important commemorative homages to two historical greats from the Roman Empire and the reign of Napoleon.
First up, opening tomorrow (12th March) at the Musée du Luxembourg is an exhibition entitled ‘Josephine’, commemorating the bicentenary of the death of Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. Bringing together personal mementoes together with major works from her impressive collections of art, the exhibition provides a fascinating overview of Josephine’s life, from her lesser-known Creole origins (she was born in Martinique) and her passions for music, travel, birds and gardens to her marriage to Napoleon in 1792, her role as a sovereign and her life post-divorce (1809) until her death in 1814. Running until June 29th, the exhibition is open daily from 10am to 7.30pm (until 10pm on Mondays); entrance 11€ (7.50€ concessions).
Meanwhile, over at the prestigious Grand Palais, the 2,000th anniversary of the death of Emperor Augustus – adopted son of Julius Caesar (his mother was Caesar’s niece) and ruler of Rome and the Roman Empire – is reason enough to bring together a unique collection of artefacts relating to this legendary leader. Opening to the public next week (from 19th March) and running through until the 13th of July, ‘I, Augustus, Emperor of Rome’ presents a selection of statues, sculpted reliefs, frescoes, silverware, items of furniture, in addition to reconstructions of a villa from Vesuvius and tombs uncovered in Gaul, bringing to life the 40-year reign of Augustus and celebrating some of his greatest achievements. Indeed, Augustus is credited to have been responsible for the golden age of the Roman Empire, boasting “I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble”. The exhibition opens daily except Tuesday from 10am until 8pm (10pm on Wednesdays), tickets cost 13€ (9€ concessions).