W&C: L’EXODE DU LOUVRE (1938-1945)

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W&C: L’EXODE DU LOUVRE (1938-1945)

 L’EXODE DU LOUVRE (1938-1945)


Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling The French Class at (415) 362-3666

A conference in French presented by Renée Morel
$25

This conference will be offered only once at The French Class:

Tuesday, January 28th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In Foreshadowing the fall of France at the onset of WWII German invasions, Jacques Jaujard, director of the French Musées Nationaux, decided to evacuate the Louvre art collection in province. On 25 August 1939, he closed the Louvre for “repair work” and for three days and nights, hundreds of staff and art students carefully placed treasures in wooden cases. Most of the formidable art collection was hauled on 203 trucks and sent to Château de Chambord via carefully planned routes to avoid electric cables. The last art piece to leave the museum was the Winged Victory of Samothrace, moved on September 3, 1939, the day the French declared war. Come and see how more than 4,000 national treasures were strategically moved from abbey to castle and saved from destruction without a single one having been lost or even damaged. Look at the invaluable role of Rose Valland at the Jeu de Paume Museum, then used as a storage and sorting depot for more than 20,000 works of art plundered by the Nazis.

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