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Back to listNov 1, 2005

"Napoleon the Great: Cultural Brilliance and Spiritual Legacy" Previews at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Hachioji, Tokyo

Musée Masséna Nice, France Deutsches Historiches Museum, Berlin, Germany
Portrait of Empress Josephine by Antoine-Jean Gros (1771-1835) Portrait of Emperor Napoleon by François Gérard (1770-1837)

A preview of "Napoleon and his Time: The Sublime Triumph of Culture" an exhibition organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM), took place at the Hachioji museum on October 31. The exhibition displays some 300 paintings, sculptures, crafts, garments, jewelry, signed letters, personal memorabilia and other historical objects, borrowed from 23 museums--including the Louvre in France and the Napoleon Museum in Italy, and private collections from eight countries, including France, Italy and Germany. Three dazzling coronets, one of them worn by Empress Josephine, are part of the show. Together with TFAM, the Mainichi Newspaper Co. and NHK Promotion are cosponsoring the exhibition. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cultural Agency, France's Upper House and the France Ministry of Culture and Communication are among the supporters.

This particular exhibition focuses on Napoleon's grand vision for advancing society through the power of culture. Based on his own strong cultural and artistic sensibilities, Napoleon harnessed the power of culture to put in motion a blueprint for the modern society he envisioned. The brilliant conqueror left behind a monumental legacy reaching every sphere of social activity--arts, academia, city planning, architecture, fashion, legal system, and industry--not only in France but, throughout Europe.

Private collection (c)SchloB Schönbrunn Kultur-u. Betriebsges.m.b.H.: Gelber Salon (Photo by Alexander Koller)
Coronet worn by Empress Josephine Ornamental clock Napoleon sent to Hapsburg Family

Some 500 guests attended a preview reception, including Mikhail Y. Galuzin, minister-counsellor at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo; Baron Willem Van de Voorde, minister-counsellor at the Belgium Embassy in Tokyo; Lexey K. Levykin, science director at the State Museums of the Moscow Kremlin; Giulia Gorgone, director of the Museo Napoleonico (Napoleon Museum) in Italy; Alain Tapié, chief curator at Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille in France; Philippe Moine, director of the Victor Hugo House of Literature in France; and Bruno Foucart, professor of history at the Paris Sorbonne University and science director at the Marmottan Library in France. TFAM Honorary Director Einosuke Akiya and Mainichi Shimbun President Masato Kitamura gave opening words. Professor Foucart and Mr. Gorgone offered congratulations.

(c) State Museums of the Moscow Kremlin (c) Deutsches Historiches Museum, Berlin
An urn from the Olympos dining set Napoleon presented to Russian Tsar Sword used by Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo, his last battle

[The exhibition runs from November 3 through December 23, 2005. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Until 8 p.m. on Saturdays. (Reception closes 30 minutes before closing time.) Admission fees: adults--1,200 (1,000*) yen; high school and college students--800 (700*) yen; and junior high and elementary school students--400 (300*) yen.] *Amounts in parenthesis are reduced rates for advanced tickets for groups of 20 or more. Admission for senior citizens over 65 is 1,000 yen. Admission is half-priced for physically challenged individuals.]