Molière exhibition at the Espace Richaud in Versailles – our pictures

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Published by Laurent P. · Photos by Laurent P. · Published on 15 January 2022 at 10h23
Calling all fans of classic play! From January 15 to April 17, 2022, the Espace Richaud in Versailles displays an exhibition focusing on the world’s most famous French playwright, Molière, the creation of national glory.

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin from every angle… Versailles espace Richaud invites you from January 15 to April 17, 2022, to discover their latest exhibition about the famous playwright. Called “Molière, la fabrique d’une gloire nationale”, this exhibition offers you to dive in to the very heart of the writer’s life, which was rather secrete, since we eventually know barely nothing about the man and character he was.

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Although his heirs have come up with “a tradition they called in, and called in by generations of artist”. Gray areas in Molière’s life have inspired many confabulations, the most famous one being “Molière’s Corneille-like ghostwriter, or even Louis XIV’s Molière dummy-corporation”. This legend created around the writer is rubbed down by the exhibition to show “the artist’s prolific life with a peculiar destiny, who traveled the realm of France before triumphing in the city and the court”, through literary, drama, cultural and political writings.

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The exhibition also wonders about the creation of the myth surrounding Molière, and “examinates the mutations of the personality cult he was subject to, according to the reappropriations by the most varied political regimes”. It also focuses on the discovery of Molière as seen from abroad, as he “traveled cultural and linguistic borders of our country to impose himself on the five continents”.

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Ancient and modern editions, archives, manuscripts, staging notes, preparatory sketches, set photographs, photograms, as well as paintings, sculptures, drawings, watercolors, and more backgrounds and costumes… As many supports exhibited here to shine a light on the artist’s life. In all, 200 works of art are exhibited to visitors. A wonderful occasion to find out more about Molière’s secret life… Shall we go, friends?

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 15 January 2022 to 17 April 2022

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    Location

    78 Boulevard de la Reine
    78000 Versailles

    Access
    Gare de Versailles Chantiers

    Prices
    Plein tarif: €5

    Official website
    www.versailles.fr

    More informations
    Ouvert du mercredi au vendredi de 12h à 19h et le week-end de 10h à 19h.

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