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BNF
"Lumières! Un héritage pour demain"

BNF, site Miterrand (13ème) + site Richelieu (75002).  Jusqu'au 28 mai 2006. 
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Two exhibition in one, it is what proposes to us simultaneously the National Library by organizing a homage to the Century of the Lights on its two Parisian sites:  Street of Richelieu and site François Mitterand.  The exhibition of the street of Richelieu is particularly devoted to Madam of Chatelet, intimate friend and mistress of Voltaire, translator of Newton in her time.  Named marquise Emilie de Breteuil, she was engaged in the discipline of sciences, then reserved to the men, and initiated Voltaire with physics.  Woman of character, very appreciated, lover blazing public men, she precedes the determination of other great female personalities.  The exhibition reveals us some of its daily objects, coquetry and toilet requisites, as well as other instruments, more scientific, compass and glasses of observation inter alia.  A course attaching for a woman of exception.  The second exhibition, arranged on the site of Tolbiac, puts in perspective the movement for the Lights, if enriching in its time.  Being expressed through all the social sciences of the XVIIIème century, it contaminates the letters, sciences, the music, arts of space.  The Encyclopaedia is the fruit more dazzling, one century old witness famished of knowledge. Some share, Mozart and Rousseau, are the steady theorists. They permanently guide us through this exposure. Books, drawings, manuscripts, paintings, illustrate the event, between the portraits of those which gave to our civilization the felling of progress:  Voltaire, Hume, Lavoisier, Diderot, Franklin, Montesquieu, Goethe.



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