The exhibition examines the important role the Pantheon played in French artistic and political life from its foundation in 1744 well into the twentieth century. Coinciding with the international celebrations of the bicentennial of the French Revolution, the exhibition focuses on one of the central architectural episodes of the Revolution—the transformation of Saint Genevieve—J.-G. Soufflot’s controversial votive church, into the secular Pantheon of French national heroes.
The symbolic life of this public edifice is as much the subject of the exhibition as its design history. Newly-discovered material about the building’s construction and the debates that centred on its design and structure are combined with a focus on the shifting symbolic aims and political agendas of the actors who shape buildings and a country’s political self-image over time. The exhibition presents over three hundred objects, many from the collection of the CCA.
Curated by Barry Bergdoll, Columbia University. Exhibition design by Craig Laberge, National Gallery of Canada. Co-organized with the Caisse national des monuments historiques et des sites de France.
You can search for everything here—our exhibitions and events, our archives, the library and bookstore, the articles we publish. And if you wish to help us redefine how this website works, please click here.
Sign up to get news from us
Thank you for signing up. You'll begin to receive emails from us shortly.
We’re not able to update your preferences at the moment. Please try again later.
You’ve already subscribed with this email address. If you’d like to subscribe with another, please try again.
This email was permanently deleted from our database. If you’d like to resubscribe with this email, please contact us
Please complete the form below to buy:
[Title of the book, authors]
ISBN: [ISBN of the book]
Price [Price of book]
Thank you for placing an order. We will contact you shortly.
We’re not able to process your request at the moment. Please try again later.