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Free for members, $12 General Public, $6 Seniors and College Students, $6 Children 6-17, Free Children 5 and under


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In the spirit of the landmark International Exposition of 1900 that transformed the city and drew 51 million visitors, the exhibition is intended to introduce the American public to the Belle Époque (“Beautiful Era”) of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a period known for fantasy, excess and boundless faith in progress through technology and design.

The period gave rise to forms of entertainment that remain vital today, such as cabaret, cinema and even the bicycle. Paintings and prints by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec will join sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Antoine Bourdelle and Camille Claudel. The dual legacy of artist and actress Sarah Bernhardt is explored, alongside a rare suite of Art Nouveau furniture and celebrated examples of art pottery and glass. Collectively, these works give a sense of the wide range of creative endeavor that characterized the cultural hub of Europe.

Paris 1900 immerses visitors in the era’s sparkling atmosphere of elegance, pleasure and festivity. Iconic images from Parisian cafes and cabarets, including the Moulin Rouge, show popular sides of Parisian culture that were often closely intertwined with the fine arts. Clips from early films, a medium that was just beginning to find broad appeal in 1900, further bring the city to life

Alexandre-Georges Roux (1855–1929), Nighttime Festivities at the International Exposition of 1889 under the Eiffel Tower, circa 1889, oil on canvas, Musée Carnavalet, Paris, © Musée Carnavalet/Roger-Viollet
William Samuel Horton (1865–1936), Nighttime Festivities Held by President Loubet at the Elysée Palace in Honor of Alfonso XIII, 1905, oil on cardboard, Musée Carnavalet, Paris, © Musée Carnavalet/Roger-Viollet
Henri Bellery-Desfontaines (1867–1910), Visitors and Artists at the International Exposition, 1900, black conté crayon, watercolor and gouache with gridlines, Musée Carnavalet, Paris, © Musée Carnavalet/Roger-Viollet


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