Power Plays

Power Plays
The Power Plays exhibition at the Petite Galerie of the Louvre Museum brings an exciting exploration of the interactions and balances of power in the French leadership over an extended time period, and their connection with art through History. The idea is to showcase art as a means to do and undo politics.
To provide easy access and coverage, the exhibition is divided into four (4) sections/rooms:
  • The first section is dedicated to the prince’s roles, presenting the king’s functions (builder, priest, warlords etc) as described via various artistic media;
  • The second section, believed to justify Legitimacy through Persuasion, focuses on Louis XIV and Henry IV (as well as his various representations). The room also features paintings by Frans Pourbus the Younger, Ingres etc plus sculpture works by Barthélémy Prieur and François-Joseph Bosio.
  • The third section, representing the ancient world, lingers over equestrian statues.
  • The fourth, an emblem of power, displays majestic portraits of monarchs and their pomp. A part of the room is likewise dedicated to historical and iconographic breaks related to the French Revolution.
By providing visitors with keys to the observation and explanation of various artworks, the Louvre Museum stands out in making visits to the museum an enlightening and enjoyable experience. There is still time to visit this remarkable exhibition, as it runs until July 2018.

Organized by:

Paul Mironneau, Director of the Musée National et Domaine du Château de Pau; Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre

Project Manager:

Florence Dinet, Musée du Louvre


Useful information

From September 27th, 2017 to July 2nd, 2018

Opening hours & Days

Wednesday to Monday - 9am—6pm  Closed on Tuesdays
Late-night openings: Wednesday and Friday, until 10 p.m.

The Petite Galerie, Richelieu wing
Louvre Museum
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

€15 (permanent collections + exhibitions)