Power Plays, the exhibition at Petite Galerie of the Louvre museum

From September 27, 2017 to July 2, 2018, the Petite Galerie of the Louvre Museum offers an exhibition called Power Plays that returns to the connections between art and political power through History.

Art as a mean to do and undo politics… this is the idea the exhibition Power Plays conveys from September 27, 2017 to July 2, 2018 at the Petite Galerie of the Louvre Museum. This exhibition is suited to children and tends to show the connection between art and political power through History. On the one hand, it’s at the service of sponsors and patrons, and on the other hand, this art can contest and shake up the public order.

Théâtre du Pouvoir

To provide an easy access, this exhibition is scattered across four rooms:

  • The first one is dedicated to The prince’s figures presenting the king’s functions (priest, war chief…)

Théâtre du Pouvoir

  • The second one, Convincing to justify power, gets on with showing art can be a propaganda vehicle and focuses on Henry IV and his various representations and on Louis XIV.

Théâtre du Pouvoir

  • The third room, The ancient world, lingers over equestrian statues.

Théâtre du Pouvoir

  • The last room, The insignia of power, displays portraits of monarchs and their pomps (we think about portraits of Louis XIV by Antoine-François Callet and of Napoleon 1st by François Gérard). A part of the room is also dedicated to historical and iconographic breaks related to the French Revolution.

Théâtre du Pouvoir

The perfect exhibition to work on your History of France and discover the symbol around representations of the various monarchs of the county. If you are an history teacher, this is a great opportunity too for your students!

Practical information:
Exhibition Power Plays
At the Petite Galerie of the Louvre Museum
From September 27, 2017 to July 2, 2018
Open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding on Tuesdays
Address: Rue de Rivoli, Richelieu wing, 75001 Paris
Rates: €15, free for people under 18 and people under 26 if they are European citizens

Julie M.
Last updated on 26 September 2017

Practical information

Opening Time
From 27 September 2017 to 2 July 2018



    Rue de Rivoli
    75001 Paris 1

    métro ligne 1 station Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre et Louvre-Rivoli

    -18 ans, -26 ans ressortissants européens: Free
    15€ €

    Recommended age
    For all

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