Paris - Athènes. Naissance de la Grèce moderne 1675 - 1919

Paris - Athens. The birth of modern Greece,1675 - 1919

This exhibition, organised to mark the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution of 1821, highlights the links between Greece and European culture, between Paris and Athens. Visit the exhibition at the Louvre from 30 September 2021 to 7 February 2022.

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As well as the bicentenary of the beginning of the Greek War of Independence, 2021 is also the anniversary of the arrival at the Louvre of the Venus de Milo statue.

Discovered by a Greek peasant in 1820 and later presented to Louis XVIII, it eventually became part of the museum’s collection, where for two hundred years it has delighted visitors who come from all over the world to admire its incomparable and timeless beauty in the room dedicated to it.

Greece, a land of promise

Celebrated in the 17th and 18th centuries by European intellectuals and artists, supported financially and militarily by France, the United Kingdom and Russia during the war of independence against the Ottoman Empire, Greece officially declared its independence in 1829. The siege of the town of Missolonghi, in which the English poet Lord Byron died, is one of the milestones of this turbulent period. Eugène Delacroix attests to this in his famous painting Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi painted in 1826.

Influenced by the German and French presence in its territory, the new Greek state which proclaimed the city of Athens as its capital, then established its modern cultural identity by drawing inspiration from German and French neoclassicism. The protection of the national heritage and the European collaboration marked by the founding of archaeological institutes, such as the École Française d’Athènes [French School of Athens] in 1846, are responsible for revolutionising knowledge of the material past of Greece.

This period gave rise to a new Greek style far removed from the canons of neoclassicism. The excavations of Delos, Delphi and the Acropolis indeed led to the rediscovery of a colourful Greece and in the late 19th century, the great universal exhibitions presented a new modern Greek art, bearing the imprint of Greece’s Byzantine and Orthodox identity.

The exhibition is a first attempt to cross-reference this history of archaeology with the development of the Greek State and of modern art, presenting a multitude of statues, pottery, jewellery, costumes, furniture and paintings which bear witness to these fruitful exchanges.

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Musée du Louvre
Pyramide du Louvre
75058 Paris 1er

Metro: Lines 1 and 7, "Palais-Royal / Musée du Louvre" station Line 14, "Pyramides" station Bus: N° 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95

Days and opening hours

From 30/09/2021 to 07/02/2022 between 9 am and 6 pm. Closed on Tuesday. Last entry 1 hour before closure. Visitors will be asked to vacate the exhibition rooms 30 minutes before closure.


  • Full price: 17 € (Online booking. Guaranteed entry in less than 30 minutes).
    Free entry for children < 18 years.
    Free for 26 year old residents of the EEA.


Spoken languages

  • French
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