Victor Hugo’s funeral procession in May 1885 was attended by some two million people. This show of art and archival documents at the Panthéon – the site of the writer’s tomb – considers the importance of the event in the history of the Third Republic, which had been founded only 15 years before; the Panthéon, which had been built as a church to house the relics of Saint Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris, was symbolically repurposed by the young republic as a secular shrine to the values of liberal rationalism which Hugo had espoused in his writing. The display, which opens with the relaxation of lockdown regulations in Paris on 19 May, also explores the writer’s life and the key themes in his work, and includes his own drawings; it runs until 26 September. Find out more from the Panthéon’s website.
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