October 12, 2018–January 6, 2019
Paris 1900: City of Entertainment
Georges Roux (1855–1929). Night Party at the Universal Exhibition in 1889, under the Eiffel Tower, 1889. Paris, Musée Carnavalet. © Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet
Henri Gervex (1852–1929). A Party at the Pré-Catelan, 1909. Paris, Musée Carnavalet. © Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet
Camille Pissarro (1830–1903). The Pont Royal and the Pavillon de Flore in Paris, 1903. Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais. © Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet
This exhibition will allow audiences to relive the splendor of the French capital at the time of the Paris Exposition Universelle, when it heralded the arrival of the 20th century. More than ever before, Paris was seen throughout the world as a sparkling city of luxury with a sophisticated way of life. More than 250 works—paintings, decorative art, costumes, posters, photographs, jewelry, and sculptures, mainly kept by the Paris city museums—will immerse visitors in the atmosphere of Belle Époque Paris. They will be presented in six groupings: Paris, Showcase of the World; Art Nouveau; Paris, Capital of the Arts; The Parisienne; A Walk in Paris; and Paris by Night. The Frist Center is one of three venues in the United States to present this iteration of an exhibition that was on view at the Petit Palais in 2014.
Exhibition organized by the Petit Palais Museum of Fine Arts, with exceptional loans from the Musée Carnavalet – History of Paris and the Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion, Paris Musées