When you hear the word ‘Communards’ you might first think of 80s pop, but the actual Communards were the people of the revolutionary Paris Commune 150 years ago, and the exhibition Nous la Commune (We The Commune) is here to tell you all about them, with fifty life-size cutouts of some of the protagonists drawn by artist Dugudus, displayed on the railings of Hôtel de Ville and three other places in the city.
Celebrating 150 years since the Paris Commune, this free outdoor exhibitions focuses on the true stories of fifty of the diverse participants in the popular uprising that definitively changed democracy in France.
We have them to thank for the separation of state and church, free education, mutualised aid for the poorest citizens, a free justice system and the abolition of child labour (among others), and although their reign was not a long one, its effects are still visible today.
The Nous la Commune exhibition pays tribute to these individuals through the drawings of Dugudus, and will remain in place on the railings of both Hôtel de Ville and the town hall of the third arrondissement (from 2nd-18th April 2021), before moving to the railings of the Gare de l’Est train station from 20th April – 9th May, and then the railings of the Buttes-Chaumont park from 11th-27th May.
The project also takes the form of a rather smart book (132 pages, 32€ here on the official website), which is also where you ca buy official art prints of every person featured in the book, or the poster for the exhibition in a standard version or limited edition of 100 on Beaux-Arts paper, signed by the artist.
The exhibition Nous la Commune is at:
— Hôtel de Ville and the Town Hall of the 3rd arrondissement from 2nd-18th APril 2021,
— Gare de l’Est from 20th April – 9th May, and
— the Buttes-Chaumont park from 11th-27th May
Outdoors and free!
Sur les grilles de l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris et de la Mairie du 3e, l’exposition NOUS LA COMMUNE dévoile aux Parisiens les 50 communards que j’ai dessiné. De retour parmi nous, les insurgés de 1871 vous présentent leur histoire, celle de la Commune de Paris ! #nouslacommune pic.twitter.com/WcVj9TLHRu— Dugudus (@dugudus) April 2, 2021