2021 Année Napoléon: What the Fondation Napoléon is doing for the bicentenary of Napoleon’s Death (production, loans, publications, patronage…)

2021 Année Napoléon: What the Fondation Napoléon is doing for the bicentenary of Napoleon’s Death (production, loans, publications, patronage…)
Allégorie de l'exil et de la mort de Napoléon Ier à Sainte-Hélène, d'après Horace Vernet © Fondation Napoléon

“It is my wish that my mortal remains may repose on the banks of the Seine, in the midst of the French people, whom I have loved so well […]”. A few days after expressing this wish in his will, Napoleon I died on 5 May 1821 on the island of St Helena. He was born on 15 August 1769 in Ajaccio. He was a general, First Consul and then Emperor of the French, Napoleon Bonaparte had a unique destiny, leaving a deep and lasting mark on the history of France and Europe. For 2021, the Fondation Napoléon has been working alongside numerous partner institutions in France and abroad to commemorate the Emperor’s death. This last great Napoleonic bicentenary offers the opportunity to disseminate the most recent historical knowledge on Napoleon’s personality and his work, as well as on his unique legacy.

As a co-producer of numerous events, the Fondation Napoléon is lending several hundred objects from its collection to exhibitions produced by prestigious partners, and is producing two major new concerts. It is supporting the production and communication of events (exhibitions, colloquia, study days, talks, concerts and theatrical performances, etc.), as well as publications (exhibition catalogues, books, essays, magazines) of the partners bearing the label “2021 Année Napoléon” including: the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Institut de France and Fondation Dosne-Thiers, the Musée du Château de Fontainebleau, the French Postal Service, the French Domaines on St Helena, the Souvenir Napoléonien, the Échevinat de la Culture de Waterloo, etc, and dozens more.

► Heritage
• The Fondation Napoléon has given financial support for the restoration of the Emperor’s Tomb and the Napoleonic monuments at the Hôtel National des Invalides, as part of the appeal launched with the Musée de l’Armée.
• The Fondation Napoléon is participating, alongside the Cinémathèque française, in the financing of the ambitious restoration/reconstruction project of the full seven-hour version, known as “Apollo”, of Abel Gance’s Napoléon.

► Exhibitions > Coproduction, co-curatorship, lending of artworks
Napoléon n’est plus, Musée de l’Armée, Paris (31 March-19 September 2021). 25 works lent.

► Exhibitions > Coproduction, co-curatorship, lending of artworks
Dessiner pour Napoléon. Trésors de la Secrétairerie d’État impérial, Archives Nationales, Hôtel de Soubise site, Paris (10 March-19 July 2021). 7 works lent.
Joséphine et Napoléon, une histoire (extra)ordinaire, Maison Chaumet, Paris (8 May -19 July 2021). 39 works lent.

► Exhibitions > lending of artworks
Napoléon, au-delà du mythe, Espace Muséal Calatrava, Liège (Belgium, April 2021-9 January 2022). 24 works lent.
Napoléon, Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais/Grande Halle de La Villette, Paris (14 April -19 September 2021). 26 works lent.
Le vrai visage de l’Empereur, Musée national des châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau, France (5 May – 7 September 2021). 3 works lent.
Souvenirs napoléoniens, Musées de Sens, France (From 5 May 2021). 3 works lent.
Martin-Guillaume Biennais, l’orfèvre de Napoléon Ier, Caillebotte Estate – Yerres, France (29 May -5 October 2021). 4 works lent.
Napoléon, la Légende, Palais Fesch-Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Ajaccio, Corsica (25 June-1er October 2021). 9 works lent.
Les palais disparus de Napoléon Ier, Mobilier National, Paris (15 September 2021-15 January 2022). 2 works lent.
Sur les pas de Napoléon Ier à la Monnaie de Paris, Monnaie de Paris, Paris (16 September 2021-6 March 2022). 6 works lent.
Les forteresses de l’Empereur. Napoléon et ses ingénieurs militaires dans l’Europe en guerre, Service Historique de la Défense, Vincennes, France (6 September 31 December 2021). 2 works lent.

► Digital > A series of videos on our YouTube channel, “Napoleonica la chaîne’
• Design and production of a series of educational videos about “Napoleon in exile on St Helena”, (in English and French).

► Concerts > Conception, organisation and production
Mort et transfiguration impériale, Musée de l’Armée, Paris  (dates to be announced – Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides).

► Symposium, study days, talks > Co-organisation, participation
Napoléon, l’enseignement et les bibliothèques, Bibliothèque Nationale de France (12 March 2021) : co-organisation, with the Institut Napoléon and the BnF, and participation of team members.
La mort de Napoléon – The death of Napoleon, Musée de l’Armée (21, 22 and 23 September 2021): organisation and participation of team members.
• Cycle of six talks by the Cercle d’études of the Fondation Napoléon, to take place at the Fondation premises in Paris and recorded (to be defined): organisation and participation by our team.
Les guerres napoléoniennes dans l’histoire: de 1815 à nos jours, historiographie et apports à l’histoire de la guerre [The Napoleonic wars in history: from 1815 to the present day, historiography and contributions to the history of war], Service Historique de la Défense, Vincennes (31 Nov.-1 Dec. 2021): co-organisation and participation by members of our team.

► Principal publications by our team
• Pierre Branda, Napoléon à Sainte-Hélène, Perrin, 2021
• Peter Hicks, “Général Buonaparte, notre voisin”: Témoignages anglais sur Napoléon prisonnier (1815-1821), Perrin, autumn 2021
• François Houdecek (editor and commentary), Cahiers de Sainte-Hélène, les 500 derniers jours (1820-1821), Perrin, 2021, coll. Bibliothèque de Sainte-Hélène
• Thierry Lentz, Napoléon. Dictionnaire historique, Perrin, 2020
• Thierry Lentz, Pour Napoléon, Perrin, 2021

Dessiner pour Napoléon, éditions Michel Lafon, March 2021 (exhibition at the Archives Nationales)
Napoléon n’est plus, éditions Gallimard, April 2021 (exhibition at the Musée de l’Armée)
Napoléon, éditions RMN Grand Palais, April 2021 (exhibition at the RMN/Grande Halle de La Villette)

► The Press: magazine, special issues, TV Documentaries…
Le Point – special issue, Napoléon, la grande aventure, December 2020
• Historia, Cent objets qui ont fait Napoléon, special issue n° 58, March April2021
• Le Figaro, special issue, Napoléon. L’épopée, le mythe, le procès, March 2021

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Updated 7 April 2021