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The Treasures of NAPOLÉON Exhibition Dazzled Thousands

The spectacular traveling exhibition, Treasures of NAPOLEON, told the fascinating story of Napoléon and featured world-class art and design of his time. The exhibition was conceived and organized by Russell Etling with a talented team of professionals. It opened at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC in September 2005 and closed at the Missouri History Museum in Saint Louis in 2011. Over the course of its six-year tour, it was seen by more than 225,000 visitors and universally praised.

Created from the extraordinary collection of 1st Empire authority and author, Pierre-Jean Chalençon, the exhibit showcased rare, personal belongings of Napoléon I, as well as some of the most famous depictions of him by the greatest artists of the time. While elements of the exhibition had been loaned for major exhibitions around the world, this was the first time these irreplaceable artifacts were seen in North America.

Treasures of NAPOLEON offered visitors an opportunity to see beyond the “legend” of Napoléon Bonaparte to gain an understanding of this complex figure as a man. User-friendly interpretive text and more than 250 objects, framed paintings, prints and documents, as well as furniture from the Imperial palaces, shined a light on the extraordinary life of one of history's pivotal figures.

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We thank Exhibits Development Group (EDG), for representing the exhibition in North America and around the world. The Exhibits Development Group has offices in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Washington, DC, and provides their clients professional development, placement, distribution and management of temporary and permanent exhibition. For information contact Amy Noble Seitz, President, (651) 222-1121. Current EDG exhibitions.

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Images © photo12.com-Pierre-Jean Chalençon
A Traveling Exhibition from Russell Etling Company (c) 2011