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The Cannons of Elegance

75 min visit

The Army Museum
10 Oct → 26 Jan 2020
From Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

« An original exhibition that allows you to meet the artisans of military elegance! »

Such a title "The Cannons of Elegance", a subtle pun for an exhibition devoted to a certain fashion, that of military clothing - from weapons to equipment and other richly decorated accessories - from the 16th century to the present day, at the Musée de l'Armée. Congratulations, we love it! The subject is also remarkable in that it has received relatively little attention in the history of art, but reveals wonders of know-how. Through more than 200 objects, most of them from the Museum's collections, the exhibition displays masterpieces, luxury and elegant jewellery created for soldiers of yesterday and today, officers or rank and file. We learn that to distinguish themselves from civilians and display their brilliance, soldiers have always been committed to the beauty, quality and richness of their weapons and ornaments, which mark their status as much as they serve their profession. Embroidery, goldsmithing, saddlery, enamel, ivory, braids, feathers, haute couture, also bear witness to the transmission of ancestral arts and know-how. Among the exceptional pieces, many of which were presented for the first time, you can admire, among other things, the reconstruction of the diamond sword carried by Louis XVI at the opening of the Estates General, the last of the Crown jewels made just before the Revolution. Crossing several approaches, historical, anthropological and aesthetic, the exhibition highlights the way in which the splendid warriors contribute to the brilliance and legitimacy of political power.


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