Victor Hugo s'escrime: the exhibition at the Maison de Victor Hugo takes us to the heart of the fight

Published by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Photos by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Published on January 17th, 2024 at 11:25 p.m.
With sword or pen, Victor Hugo fought many battles. Discover them in the Victor Hugo s'escrime exhibition, presented from April 30 to September 15, 2024 in the writer's house, Place des Vosges, Paris.

Without a doubt, Victor Hugo is one of the greatest French figures of the 19th century: he distinguished himself as much through his works as through his commitments. The Maison de Victor Hugo invites us to rediscover these various achievements, through the medium of combat and duel.

The Parisian museum invites us to come and admire the Victor Hugo s'escrime exhibition, from April 30 to September 15, 2024. An exhibition on the theme of dueling, illustrated by the writer's numerous works, as well as by period documents and objects, such as the famous photograph showing Victor and his son Charles in the midst of a fencing match.

While Victor Hugo's talent for fencing was not well known, his verve and wit were much feared. Literature and politics are intertwined in the battles waged by the French author. Indeed, his works often serve as a vehicle for his ideas and ideals, and his characters find themselves defending the values and beliefs of their creator.

For example, the exhibition evokes Ruy Blas and La Légende des Siècles, key works in which the duel plays an important symbolic role. Weak versus strong, social equity, human justice and injustice, fraternity: the writer's ideals are brought to life in these literary battles, which echo the political problems of his time.

Explore this fascinating theme, and (re)discover Victor Hugo and his commitments, in this unique exhibition.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From April 30th, 2024 to September 15th, 2024

× Approximate opening times: to confirm opening times, please contact the establishment.


    6, place des Vosges
    75004 Paris 4

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