The Carnavalet museum commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Marcel Proust (1871-1922). The exhibition questions the place of the city for the first time in the work of Marcel Proust.

A Parisian life

Born and died in Paris, the life of the writer took place in the heart of a very small space, a quadrilateral going from Parc Monceau to Place de la Concorde, from Concorde to Auteuil, from Auteuil to Bois de Boulogne and Étoile. From his first texts at the end of the 1890s with his classmates from the Lycée Condorcet, until his beginnings in Parisian high society and the meeting of determining personalities, Paris has a decisive dimension in the awakening of the literary vocation of Marcel Proust . His discovery of artistic and social circles in Paris, the friendships and loves that arise there strengthen the personality of the writer and lead him to the revelation of his vocation.

Marcel Proust exhibition in Paris
Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust’s bedroom

An important cartography makes it possible to materialize the presence of Marcel Proust in Paris, its networks and places of predilection. At the heart of the exhibition, the evocation of Marcel Proust’s bedroom offers – thanks to a unique device – an immersive dive into the world of the writer. The pieces of furniture and the objects that compose it, linked to the intimate life of Marcel Proust and his family, make it possible to represent the space of creation and to account for the genesis of the work.

A fictional Paris by Marcel Proust

The second part of the exhibition presents the fictional Paris created by Marcel Proust. By following the architecture of the novel “In Search of Lost Time” and through emblematic Parisian places, she immerses us in the work and in the history of the city, by focusing on the main protagonists of the novel. Sublimated by fiction, Paris is the setting for the quest of the narrator, double of the author, until the final revelation of his vocation as a writer.

280 works

The 280 or so works (paintings, sculptures, graphic works, photographs, architectural models, accessories and clothing), manuscripts and archival documents, from public and private, French and foreign collections, evoke the Parisian universe of Marcel Proust. , oscillating between reality and reinvention. The exhibition is accompanied by numerous extracts from archival films, film adaptations and sound recordings from In Search of Lost Time. A wonderful dive into the world of Marcel Proust !

The Marcel Proust exhibition, a Parisian novel

Carnavalet Museum

23 rue de Sévigné

75003 Paris

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