Le congrès de Vienne, l’invention d’une Europe nouvelle

Le congrès de Vienne ou l'invention d'une nouvelle Europe © Ministère des Affaires étrangères, Direction des Archives


‘Le congrès de Vienne, l’invention d’une Europe nouvelle’ (The Congress of Vienna and the creation of a new Europe) gives an insight into one of the major European events of the 19th century, the Congress of Vienna. It established the conditions of peace in Europe and drew new boundaries.  Throughout the proceedings, a great many issues were directly related to Paris: the departure of Russian troops, the first Restoration, the 100 Days, the abdication of Napoleon and the second Restoration of the Bourbons. At the heart of this exhibition at the Musée Carnavalet is the comparison of these two capitals, in which the destiny of the old continent was played out.

All the big names of European politics were there, including Tsar Alexander I of Russia and the Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley. France was represented by Talleyrand, and discussions revolved around Napoleon, the Congress’s most notable absentee.

The Congress of Vienna not only hosted diplomatic discussions between the European countries in the wake of the First Empire, but also gave occasion to great festivities. At these events, political negotiations took place in the wings.

The exhibition presents material from the archives of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and captures the characteristically festive atmosphere of the Congress of Vienna. The original documents which paved the way for a new international order can be seen for the first time, including the Congress minutes and the two treaties of Paris (1814 and 1815). A plate known as the Map of France from the Emperor’s Service particulier set, belonging to the Fondation Napoléon’s collection, can also be admired.

Venue: Musée Carnavalet, Paris
Dates: 8 April – 30 July 2015
Curated by: Pascal Even and Isabelle Nathan, with assistance from Thierry Lentz
Scenography: Agence Décoral