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Versailles Revival 1867-1937
November 19, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
From 19 November 2019 to 15 March 2020, the Africa and Crimea Rooms will play host to the “Versailles Revival” exhibition, looking at how, between 1867 and 1937, the Palace ignited passions for Versailles in its Ancien Régime version as it underwent an extensive programme of restoration and refurbishment.
One hundred years after the French Revolution, on the eve of the “Belle Époque”, there emerged a tremendous buzz of excitement, nostalgia, curiosity and passion for the Versailles of the Ancien Régime. By way of almost 350 artworks – many of them from private and international collections – along with documents and photographs, the “Versailles Revival” exhibition charts this remarkable moment in the history of art, when Versailles took its place among the great literary, pictorial and musical canons. Artists from all corners of the world were drawn to this place, which inspired imitations across the globe. Versailles is also where the French Republic held its assemblies and received foreign dignitaries. The gardens were a popular location for aristocratic parties and public tourism, and the wonderful water features maintained their appeal throughout the 19thcentury, becoming a real crowd-puller. And all of this while a major programme of restoration and refurbishment was underway at the Palace, which passed the million-visitor mark back in 1937.