"The Event, Historic moments and their representation" exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Paris from January 16 to April 1, 2007

This exhibition offers a selection of representations of important historical moments, articulated by a number of major “themes”



Léon Gimpel Issy-les-Moulineaux. Départ du dirigeable militaire “ Le Temps ” pour la revue du 14 juillet 1911 Coll. Société Française de Photographie.

We perceive contemporary history as a succession of events whose frantic rhythm is heightened by the media, the result being that there is no real sorting of anecdote from event.

The presentation of historic realities in the form of narrative and image is always articulated and determined by the dominant media of the day: painting and drawing, engraving, photography, cinema, television and, now, the Internet. Between the fact and its construction as event lies a complex process in which the intentions of the historical protagonists, the mediating technologies, the political context and the expectations of the public converge to bestow meaning on the historical moment.

This exhibition offers a selection of representations of important historical moments, articulated by a number of major “themes” such as battle (the Crimean War), terrorist attacks (9/11), social revolutions (paid holidays), the toppling of symbols (the fall of the Berlin Wall) and human exploits (flight). It shows just how similar the treatment of events in the 19th century was to that of our own day, but also the ways in which different processes shape events in our consciousness.

Practical Information:

Jeu de Paume 1,
place de la concorde
75008 Paris
Métro Concorde

Tuesday : 12ham à 9hpm
Wednesday to Friday : 12ham à 7hpm
Saturday and Sunday : 10ham to 7hpm
closed on Monday

Price : 6 €
Concession : 3 €

For further information, you can visit the following website:
Jeu de Paume