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Swabian sculptures  from the late Middle Ages

1st April 2015 – 27th July 2015

Peaceful softness, delicate sensitiveness, but also expressive strength and power of the volumes:  so many characteristics  that  distinguish at first sight the Swabian sculptures from the  late Middle Ages. To make feel and understand this major art in the Germanic Empire and more extensively the heart of Europe, the musée de Cluny dedicates to it for the first time in France an exhibition, open to the public from 1st April to 27th July 2015.     

Come feel this art and understand its importance in the Germanic Empire and to a greater extent in the heart of Europe! The musée de Cluny, dedicates, exclusively and for the first time in France, an exhibition to Swabian sculptures from the late Middle Ages, open to the public from 1st April to 27th July 2015.
Ancient historical region of the south of Germany situated between the Black Forest and Bavaria, Swabia is the theatre of an abundant - and of high quality - sculpted production between the years 1460 and 1530. The change of religious sensitivities in the context of the protestant Reform ends it. Urban centres such as Ulm, Augsburg or Ravensburg house an intense commercial and artistic activity. Artists develop there a virtuoso work of wood and a refined science of the polychromy which  match their subtle effects. 

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Travelling in the Middle Ages

From 22nd October 2014 to 23rd February 2015

Result of the first collaboration of the medieval art museums network, the exhibition “Travelling in the Middle Ages”  invites visitors of the musée de Cluny in a  journey through  time and  space. 

The exhibition  mentions the different types of traveller, from the merchant to the pilgrim, from the prince to the artist. The displayed objects, testimonies of strong or anecdotal moments of the journey allow to better understand  the manner with which men and women of the Middle Ages travelled, and to establish parallels with our contemporary history.

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Animals sneak out

1st October 2014 – 5th January 2015 in the musée de Cluny

Temporary presentation of naturalized specimens, organized in collaboration with the national natural History Museum on the occasion of the 20 years of the Great Gallery of Evolution.

For the operation “Animals sneak out”, plants and animals which strew the red backgrounds of the famous  Lady and the Unicorn  tapestry guided the choice of herbarium boards and specimens coming from the collections of the national natural History Museum. The symbolic character of animals, at the heart of the medieval  thinking, will be consequently able to be evoked.
This allows us to talk about the symbolic character of animals, a very important feature in the medieval thinking.
The scene of the hawk attacking the heron visible on the piece of the “Touch” constitutes for example the image of the love fight. We  also notice the omnipresence of the rabbit, identified more than forty times on the six pieces. The presentation  is also  the occasion to valorize the sharp sense of observation of nature  shown by the author  in the drawn models of the  tapestry. We will especially remember  the fox figuring on the piece “The Taste”, and its striking resemblance with its naturalized “twin”.


A  renaissance. Art between Flanders and Champagne, 1150 – 1250

From 17th April to 15th July 2013

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Alabaster tears. The Mourners of the Tomb of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy

From 17th February to 3rd June 2013

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The art of games and games in art
From Babylon to Western Medieval Europe

From 28th November 2012 to 4th March 2013

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