A passion for liberty. From the enlightenment to romantism - The Louvre Museum in Bordeaux
As part of the Bordeaux 2019 Liberty! cultural season, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, with the exceptional participation of the Louvre museum, are staging an exhibition entitled A passion for liberty. From the Enlightenment to Romanticism.
Jointly presented by the two museums at the Fine Arts Gallery from 19 June to 13 October 2019, this exhibition is an opportunity to welcome, for the first time in Bordeaux, exceptional loans from the Louvre’s different departments, accompanied by major works from the municipal collections. It brings together over three hundred or so works –paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and works of graphic art-produced for the most part during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Death of Marat or Marat assassinated by Jacques-Louis David (workshop), Greece on the ruins of Missolonghi by Eugène Delacroix, The Departure of the Volunteers by François Rude, a pair of vases by the Nast manufacture, a remarkable Sèvres biscuit depicting the Duke of Bordeaux, a tapestry portraying The Swing from the Beauvais manufacture, etc.
The exhibition invites the public to question the concept of liberty in the philosophical, political, ideological, social and economic sense, in the arts during a time enriched by ideas of progress, reason and the beginning of the Enlightenment. What is our current perception of this universal value and the legacy of Enlightenment culture in our democratic societies?