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MARIE-ANTOINETTE, METAMORPHOSES OF AN IMAGE

16 October 2019  > 26 January 2020

MARIE-ANTOINETTE, METAMORPHOSES OF AN IMAGE

16 OCTOBER 2019 > 26 JANUARY 2020 EXHIBITION

Discover the multiple imageries of Marie-Antoinette!

AN INCONIC QUEEN OF POPULAR CULTURE

Only a handful of historic figures have been the subject of such an abundance of representations: Marie-Antoinette is one of these, both during her lifetime and more notably after her death on 16 October 1793.  Even today, this queen-turned-icon is still a key emblem in popular culture. 

The exhibition will illustrate the many representations of Marie-Antoinette through almost 200 works, artefacts, heritage and contemporary archives, never-before-seen interviews, film extracts and fashion accessories, and shine a light on this worldwide phenomenon of media overkill through both a historic approach and a critical and comparative examination of forms.

Marie-Antoinette at the Conciergerie

This section illustrates the final ten weeks that saw the most dramatic moments experienced by the queen in the “corridor of death”, during her trial by the Revolutionary Tribunal.

A number of memorial fetishes testify to this: shirt, shoe, belt, and archival documents from the trial and execution of the Queen

The Histories

Marie-Antoinette’s life has been transformed since her death through numerous accounts and biographies, as well as testimonies and memories, from the Restoration to the present day, and from all points of view. The exhibition will illustrate twenty events, both public and private, in Marie-Antoinette’s life, from her birth to her death, and including her official funeral in 1814.

The Image of the Queen

The figure of Marie-Antoinette is a veritable “expanse of images”, which can quickly be packaged to suit an event, a commemoration, the latest cultural trend or fashionable motif. Thus, according to the era, this proliferation affected the official image of the queen, particularly the portraits of her by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, the political images of the “martyred” queen, the historical imagery, the character portrayed on-screen and in Japanese manga. 

Fetishes of the Queen

The relationship with Marie-Antoinette has often been passionate, creating cults, tributes, or, on the contrary, provoking violent attacks. Furthermore, it has often been subject to fantasy and imagination, on a level where intimacy can overlap with mythology.

The exhibition here displays a selection of images and objects, based on three motifs, symbolising Marie-Antoinette throughout history and the world.

- The Hair

- The Body

- The Severed Head

The Return of the Queen

Marie-Antoinette is experiencing a surprising revival, due to the modernization of the character, who has become a young woman of hers, and our time. It will be illustrated by the Japanese manga, which reinvented Marie-Antoinette in Riyoko Ikeda's The Rose of Versailles; the biography of the English writer Antonia Fraser, Marie-Antoinette: The Journey; and its’ Hollywood adaptation by Sofia Coppola. Fashion has also appropriated the phenomenon associating the queen with several contemporary supermodels.

A fan cult has appropriated the figure of Marie-Antoinette, a phenomenon of globalised post-modernism, as commercial as it is cultural and ideological. The overriding style of this onslaught is a popularised form of pop art, and its diffusion affects all genres, every type of consumerism and every country. The exhibition highlights this great blend of genres and objects, while revealing its commercial aspect. 

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In conjunction with the exhibition

A cycle of “Marie-Antoinette” films will be screened at the Le Champo cinema from 5 November to 3 December.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Conciergerie 

2, boulevard du Palais 

75001 Paris 

Opening times

Open daily 9.30am - 6.00pm

Late-night opening Wednesday until 8.30pm

Last admissions 1 hour before closing 

Closed 25 December - Exceptional opening 1 January 

Admission prices

Full rate: €9 

E-ticketing office: www.paris-conciergerie.fr

Free admission: Under 18s 

18-25 year olds (EU citizens) 

Marie-Antoinette’ Pass

Conciergerie / Chapelle Expiatoire / Basilique de Saint-Denis / Château de Rambouillet

Full rate: €26 / Gift and book shop discount: 5% 

Joint ticket Conciergerie + Sainte-Chapelle 

Full rate: €15 / Free admission for under 18s and 18-25 year olds (EU citizens)

Provides priority access to the Sainte-Chapelle 

HistoPad – 3D  reproduction (Marie-Antoinette’s cell) 

Available in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese. 

Flat rate: €5  

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