Napoléon: Too big for one venue

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UIMA, Pentacrest Museums present works from Parisian collection

NapoleonBy Marianna Gunn for Iowa Now

It's too big for one venue, so a new exhibit on the University of Iowa campus will be presented in both the Old Capitol Museum and the Iowa Memorial Union.

The exhibit, "Napoléon and the Art of Propaganda," features more than 120 drawings, prints, painting, sculptures, manuscripts, medals, and other objects. The exhibit opens Sept. 13 and continues through Jan. 29 in the Pentacrest Museums Gallery for Arts, Humanities, and Sciences in the Old Capitol Museum and in the Black Box Theater at the Iowa Memorial Union.

The UI Museum of Art, in partnership with UI Pentacrest Museums, is presenting the special exhibition. All the works are from the private collection of Pierre-Jean Chalençon, a renowned Napoleon expert whose collection now includes more than 500 objects and has been loaned to museums all over the world.

In addition to the exhibition’s two locations, multiple free public events will be happening throughout downtown Iowa City during the exhibition’s run, including lectures, films, and an outdoor reading of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

Among those events, “Napoleon and His Legacy” will kick off the 2012-2013 season of WorldCanvass, a discussion program produced by International Programs and distributed widely over television, radio, and the Internet. The public is invited to attend the event, which begins at 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.

WorldCanvass guests will discuss the UIMA’s extensive exhibit; Napoleon as the creator of an empire; Napoleon as represented in art, literature, film, and music; Napoleon and America, with a look at new discoveries related to Iowa’s role in the War of 1812; and exhibits on display in the Old Capitol Museum and the UI Libraries. They'll also reflect on Napoleon’s legacy 200 years on.

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