French Museum of Playing Card
26 May → 14 Aug 2021
From Wednesday to Friday, from 11am to 5pm. Saturday and Sunday, from 2pm to 6pm. Closed Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
The French Playing Card Museum is opening an ambitious exhibition entitled "L'Année terrible 1870-1871, regards croisés" (The Terrible Year 1870-1871, Crossed Views) from 26 May, as part of the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune. But why Issy? Well, quite simply because everything happened here in Issy! And if Issy had not fallen, as they say, during the terrifying and dramatic battle of Issy, Paris would not have fallen. A little historical reminder : two major events took place between the summer of 1870 and the summer of 1871: the war against Prussia from September 1870 to January 1871, then the Commune from March to May 1871. Paris was subjected to two successive sieges and the Fort d'Issy, which commanded the weakest part of the capital's walls, played a key role. The exhibition focuses on the reintegration of these key moments in the history of Issy in the context of the period, through painting, graphic arts and sculpture. It thus shows that although the Commune became the most important event of the year 1870-71, it was for a long time overshadowed by the Franco-Prussian war, of which it was a direct consequence. The two events have obvious points in common, not least of which is their final failure. The purpose of this exhibition is not to take a historical approach. It is, of course, but it is also, or even more importantly, a way of questioning the representation of these episodes by artists? For them, the question arises: how to represent the unfortunate outcome of a conflict? If everyone has responded with their emotions and commitments, each event has also given rise to its own images.