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Back to listSep 3, 2006

Napoleon Exhibition Comes to Chiba

On September 2, "Napoleon and his Time: The Sublime Triumph of Culture," an exhibition organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM), opened at Chiba Portside Tower in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture. Some 120 guests from various sectors attended. Yasuhide Akada, president of the Chiba Nippo Press Corporation, Ltd., and TFAM Director Mitsunari Noguchi spoke. In a congratulatory speech, Chiba Governor Akiko Domoto said the exhibition that focuses on Napoleon's insight into the power of culture was spiritually enlightening. Chiba City's Deputy Mayor Kojiro Hayashi expressed his felicitations on the exhibition opening.

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, judiciary, and industry--not only in France but, throughout Europe. The exhibition displays some 300 paintings, sculptures, crafts, garments, jewelry, signed letters, personal memorabilia and other historical objects, borrowed from museums and private collections in various countries, including France, Italy, Russia, Belgium, and the United States. Three dazzling coronets, one of them worn by Empress Josephine, are part of the show.

Private collection Coronet worn by Empress Josephine
© State Museums of the Moscow Kremlin From a dining set Napoleon presented to Russian Tsar

[The Chiba exhibition runs through September 24, 2006. Venue: Chiba Portside Tower-8F, 1-35 Tonya-cho, Chuo-ku, Chiba City 260-8730. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fri., Sat., Sun., and holidays. (Latest entrance 30 minutes prior to closing time.) Admission fees: adults--1,000 yen; high school and college students--700 yen; and junior high and elementary school students--300 yen.]