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In its territory marked by the car industry, the city of Boulogne-Billancourt invites you on a retrospective journey to the rhythm of the coaches of the imperial era. The vision of a Paris where people travel in sedans, horse-drawn carriages and stagecoaches, where sovereigns use cars to establish their power ...
From the collection of the Paul-Marmottan Library, and the incredible engraved documentation gathered by the collector, it is the imagination of coachbuilders of the imperial era that unfolds in the five exhibition rooms. From the revival of bodywork production after the Revolution, until the beginnings of industrialization in the 1830s, the exhibition, in 160 paintings, engravings, objects and coaches, tells a typological, social, but also political story, evoking the place of the Emperor's car.
In response to the strong heritage news of the spring, with the reopening of the Musée des Carrosses de Versailles, the Paul-Marmottan library welcomes loans from prestigious institutions, the Car and Tourism Museum of Compiègne, the collections of Emile Hermès, but also the Malmaison, the Fondation Napoléon, the Thiers Library, ... It is also an opportunity to discover unknown pieces, in private hands, such as the personal effects of a painter in the Emperor's car, or a drawing of Napoleon signed Alexandre Fragonard.
Coach exhibition in Marmottan, Boulogne-Billancourt, from March 23 to July 30, 2016,