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A Salute to Style

The connection between bellicose fury and the military aspiration to beauty is not always obvious. Yet warlike zeal is often linked to gaining power, bringing with it the duty of distinction and a taste for prestige.

Horaires :

Every day from 10am to 5pm
From Thursday 10 October 2019
to Sunday 26 January 2020

Price :

€12 (free for under-18s)

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Because war has often been the preserve of the privileged castes and because they above all strive to distinguish themselves from civilians and display their dazzling triumphs, soldiers have always had a taste for finery and are attached to the beauty, quality and even opulence of the weapons, items of equipment and accessories designed to mark their status as well as serving a functional purpose.

This desire for ostentation and the taste for the superfluous, which still characterise officers and lower ranks alike, have taken various forms depending on the historical period, the soldiers' position and the nature of the political regimes that arm them. Far from being a whim to which the most affluent soldiers treat themselves, luxury is part of their identity and indicates their rank, the degree of authority that their status confers upon them, and their relative proximity to the supreme power. Objects, insignia and precious attributes are also signs of valour and mark the recognition that their great deeds have earned them.

This new exhibition at the Musée de l'Armée invites visitors to discover these exceptional artefacts. Combining historical, anthropological and aesthetic approaches, the exhibition highlights the way martial splendour contributes to the radiance and legitimacy of political power, and how it rewards merit and satisfies the desire for assimilation or distinction within the group.

Around 200 masterpieces of armoury and gunsmithery, as well as goldsmithery, embroidery, ivory work and saddlery, mostly taken from the Musée de l'Armée's collections, will enable visitors to marvel at these items of jewellery, fashion accessories and haute couture pieces... all exclusively reserved for the warriors of yesteryear and today.

A digital guide offers additional information for exploring the exhibition, in French and English.

Guided exhibition tour

Guided by a lecturer, discover the extraordinary objects that display the grandeur and glory of military triumphs.

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Concerts

Salute to style and Triumphal blasts

While music has always played a part in celebrating a military victory, it also helps to keep up troop morale and comfort the injured with concerts on the backlines. And from Josephine’s music salon at Malmaison to the seats at the Opera, dashing military men also shone brightly in society, sublimely elegant in their colourful ceremonial uniforms.

22 September 2019 to 27 January 2020

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Film cycle

Dressed up

Specially programmed for the exhibition, a selection of five fiction films explores the way the splendour of military uniforms on the battlefield and the norms of male beauty it responds to have been depicted on the screen.

7 November 2019 to 16 January 2020

Free entry on registration, subject to seat availability

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6 décembre 2019

FR Nous vous informons que le Musée est ouvert normalement, de 10h à 17h. EN On December 6th, we inform you that the museum is open from 10 am to 5pm.