Musée Carnavalet Exhibition

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Jardin Carnavalet @ A.Dumont

To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris, and in conjunction with Paris Photo Month, the Musée Carnavalet is presenting the exhibition  Paris Freed, Paris Photographed, Paris Exhibited.

On 25 August 1944 Paris was liberated by General Leclerc’s Second Armoured Division and the Allies. Two and a half months later, with France and the Allies still battling the Nazis, the Musée Carnavalet began the historical record with a Liberation exhibition that opened on 11 November. François Boucher, the curator and a member of the Resistance, had set out to ‘bring together the documentation essential for future historians’. He had consulted official bodies and put out an appeal through the press to help him ‘assemble as much information as possible on the events of the Liberation of Paris’. More concerned with immediate emotion than historical accuracy, his spontaneously organised exhibition was an enormous success.

La Libération de Paris : L'accueil fait aux soldats, août 1944.
Robert Cohen, Agence Internationale d’Illustration pour la Presse – 25 août 1944 « L’accueil fait aux soldats»

Paris Freed, Paris Photographed, Paris Exhibited looks back to that 1944 exhibition, using photos by Robert Doisneau, René Zuber, Jean Séeberger and others to complement and contextualise a selection of images, contemporary films, filmed interviews with witnesses, books rushed off the press at the time and other sources testifying to the commitment of the Resistance movement in Paris.

This unique accumulation of documentary material provides an insight into how images were created in wartime, as photographs and films come together to show us how individual and collective visual memories were shaped; and how, over time, the same images were subject to varying interpretations. An audiovisual installation by artist Stéphane Thidet illustrates this recreation of memory.

The Musée Carnavalet is also offering a programme of special events during the exhibition. For details consult the museum’s site www.carnavalet.paris.fr from 1 June.

Libération de Paris. 19-26 août 1944. Prisonniers rapatriés après la Libération, place de l'Opéra. Paris (IXème arr.). Place de l'Opéra, prisonniers civils rapatriés après la Libération, semaine du 19 au 26 août 1944.
Libération de Paris. 19-26 août 1944. Prisonniers rapatriés après la Libération, place de l’Opéra. Paris (IXème arr.). Place de l’Opéra, prisonniers civils rapatriés après la Libération, semaine du 19 au 26 août 1944.

In addition the Exhibitions Division of the City of Paris Department of Information and Communication, in association with the Musée du Général Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris – Musée Jean Moulin, is presenting the exhibition Liberating Paris: August 1944 in the Saint-Jean Room at Paris City Hall. Suggestions for strolls through Paris will also help visitors to follow up the history of the insurrection and the ultimate liberation of the city.

Practical Information :

Until February 8th 2015
Hôtel Carnavalet
16, rue des Francs-Bourgeois
75003 Paris
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