• Façade of the Museu de Arte Brasileira - Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, Sao Paulo © Fondation Napoléon
  • Items relating to the Egyptian campaign, from the exhibition "Napoleão" © Fondation Napoléon


The Fondation Napoléon’s first exhibition, Napoleão was also the first major exposition in South America concerned specifically with the exceptional life of the emperor. Centred around the major items of the Fondation Napoléon’s collection, the majority of which were on display for the first time, the exhibition brought together some 350 works, loaned from some of the largest museums in France and Brazil, over an area of 1800 m².

Museums that participated and contributed to the success of the exhibition, which received 200,000 visitors, included: the Musée de l’armée, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Musée Carnavalet, the Musée de la Légion d’honneur, the Louvre, the Palais Galliera, the Musée Masséna in Nice, the Châteaux de Fontainebleau, de Malmaison and Bois-Préau, de Versailles and des Trianons, the Fundaçao Biblioteca Nacional, the Musu Historico Nacional and the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Rio de Janeiro.

Place: Museu de Arte Brasileira – Fondaçao Armando Alvares Penteado, São Paulo
Date: 24 August – 2 November 2003
Curated by: Bernard Chevallier, Karine Huguenaud, Maria Izabel Branco Ribeiro, Thierry Lentz
Scenography: Michel Albertini