• Museo del Vidrio, Monterrey, Nuevo León province, Mexico © Fondation Napoléon
  • Setting up the exhibition: unpacking Delaroche’s "Napoleon at Fontainebleau" © Fondation Napoléon


Following its success in São Paulo and Paris, the Fondation Napoléon brought its collection, completed by items loaned from the Musée de l’armée and the Musée national des châteaux de Malmaison et de Bois Préau to Monterrey, the provinicial capital of Nuevo Leon, in Mexico. A number of masterpieces, rarely displayed outside of France, made the long journey across the Atlantic, including one of Napoleon’s hats, the primus inter pares of Napoleonic symbols. Other notable items on display included General Bonaparte’s uniform from the battle of Marengo, Delaroche’s iconic painting Napoléon Ier à Fontainebleau le 31 mars 1814 and a number of mementos belonging to Joséphine, all contributing to the success of the exhibition. Very much in the style of that which took place at the Musée Jacquemart-André, the exhibition took the visitor on a journey from the pomp and splendour of the Imperial Court to the moving simplicity of life in exile on St. Helena.

Place: Museo del Vidrio, Monterrey
Date: 14 February – 14 June 2006
Curated by: Bernard Chevallier, Karine Huguenaud
Scenography: Marta Pineyro, Armando Posada