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Marcel Proust, a Parisian novel

Published: January 12, 2022

The Carnavalet museum commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Marcel Proust (1871-1922).
The exhibition is devoted to the relationship between Marcel Proust and the city of Paris, where most of his existence takes place.
The first part of the exhibition explores the Parisian universe of the writer. Marcel Proust’s life took place in the heart of a very small space, a quadrilateral stretching from Parc Monceau to Place de la Concorde, from Concorde to Auteuil, from Auteuil to Bois de Boulogne and to Etoile. Thanks to Paris, this brings him a decisive dimension in the awakening of his vocation. In addition, 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.
The second part of the exhibition opens onto the fictional Paris created by Marcel Proust. By following the architecture of the novel “In Search of Lost Time” and through emblematic Parisian places, it offers a journey into the work and the history of the city, by focusing on the main protagonists of the novel.
Around 280 works (paintings, sculptures, graphic works, photographs, architectural models, accessories and clothing), manuscripts and archival documents, from public and private collections, French and foreign, will evoke the Parisian universe of Marcel Proust, oscillating between reality and reinvention.

The exhibition is open until Sunday April 10, 2022
Carnavalet Museum: 23 rue de Sévigné 75003 Paris
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Museum closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25.
Price: 11 €
Line 1: St Paul station.