On the death of Charlemagne, then of his son Louis the Pious, the empire, in accordance with Carolingian tradition, was divided between the three grandsons of Charlemagne during the Treaty of Verdun in 843: Lotharingia, domain of Lothaire, ranging from Germania to Italy via the Meuse, the Rhine and the Rhône, East Francia and West Francia.
The exhibition will highlight the history of this often misunderstood kingdom as well as the exceptional richness of Carolingian art. Lotharingia, over the course of complex political developments, is indeed to have covered territories, ranging from the North Sea to the Mediterranean Sea and today integrated into Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg , France and Italy.
This changing geography, but nevertheless anchored in the western European continent, is the basis of the artistic splendor of Lotharingia. Direct heirs to the inventions of the artists of the Palace of Charlemagne, the works created in the second half of the 9th and in the 10th centuries, reflect in the field of creation the multiple facets of the territory, ranging from the Germanic world to Italy, passing through the valleys of the Meuse, the Rhine and the Rhône. Indeed, through the various heritages, between northern art and art bearing the heritage of the ancient Mediterranean, the works of artists from Lotharingia are, even today, fascinating by their aesthetic richness. The diplomatic relations of the Carolingian sovereigns with the Byzantine Empire find a direct echo in the artistic gesture, through the travel of artists, works and materials.
While addressing the most important events that have punctuated the history of Lotharingia, the exhibition will endeavor to reveal its artistic currents.
Whether precious or ordinary, the works of Lotharingia reflect the great creativity of this period.
Following a linear route suggested by the architecture of the exhibition center, the event will therefore present Lotharingian art in a broader context with the aim of offering visual bridges to visitors and to help understand the pivotal place of the Lotharingian world in turn of the 1st and 2nd millennia.

National exhibitions

The Departmental Exhibition Hall offers more than 650 m2 of exhibition rooms solely dedicated to national-scale exhibitions on the themes of history and civilizations. It hosts two exhibitions each year, one in summer, the other in winter, inviting the public to open up to disciplines such as sculpture, archeology, art history... To design them, partnerships with major national and international museums are sealed. They make it possible to establish this place as a major exhibition space in the heart of the Var.

This departmental facility develops, produces and sets up all of its exhibitions. They are fixed several years in advance in order to be able to build projects of national scope. For each of them, once the theme has been chosen and the exhibition curator has been appointed, loan requests are made to major national and international institutions, such as, for the inaugural exhibition "Ulysses, journey in a Mediterranean of legends". , the Louvre Museum or the Petit Palais in Paris, the Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek in Munich or the Museum of the History of Arts in Vienna. They make it possible to obtain emblematic works nourishing exceptional events.

The summer 2022 exhibition, "Mummies, the paths of eternity" is on the agenda of major summer exhibitions in Europe. It showed, in an unprecedented way, rare objects specially brought together for the occasion and benefited from loans granted by renowned museums, a guarantee of the recognition of the place. Moreover, more than 37,000 visitors came to discover the exhibition. We thank them.

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