The Spectacular Second Empire at the Orsay Museum
To celebrate its 30th anniversary this autumn, the Orsay Museum takes a revealing look at the Spectacular Second Empire, 1852 to 1870, a time of ostentation and lavish celebrations, of economic euphoria, and moral and aesthetic crises. Long regarded as decadent and superficial, the Imperial Bonapartist regime of Napoleon III was a period of contradictions, marked by both unparalleled prosperity and unprecedented social upheaval, caught between the old cultural frameworks and a quest for modernity. The exhibition combines paintings, sculptures, photographs, architectural drawings, art objects and jewellery in a rich thematic arrangement built around great aesthetic and social issues that have lost none of their relevance. These include art in the service of satire or power, the individual and his image, the taste for objects and decor, representations of the city, new forms of entertainment, and the major trade shows and universal expositions of the period.
Spectacular Second Empire at the Musée d’Orsay, until January 15th, 2017
From 9:30 to 18:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
From 9:30 to 21:45 on Thursday
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur Paris 7th
Photo: Spectacular Second Empire - Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres - Musée d’Orsay – Paris