• Panorama Rouen 1431
    created by Yadegar Asisi in 2016
    photo © asisi

Panorama fragments on show at Tessaloniki/Greece

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

There is a panorama fragment exhibition on show at Tessaloniki/Greece! The exhibition includes 10 fragments of the panorama ‘The defense of Fort d’Issy’ painted by Felix Philippoteaux and his son Paul as well as some more works on the Franco-Prussian War.

Center of the exhibition are Philippoteaux’ existing fragments belonging to the collection of Telloglion Foundation and illustrates one of the most critical battles of the Franco-Prussian War. The exhibition, under the patronage of the French President and the Hellenic Republic, was inaugurated, Tuesday 18 October by the President of the Republic.

The Musée de l’Armée at Paris/France has contributed to the exhibition with several works on the Franco-Prussian War. There are some months, the Iconography Department was approached by representatives of the Foundation Teloglion who wanted to borrow works for the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, specifically the Siege of Paris, this episode is illustrated by a panorama directed by Henri Félix Emmanuel Philippoteaux (1815-1884) preserved in their collection which was to be the centerpiece of their exposure. The Musée de l’Armée is actively involved in this project with the loan of one of the two sketches of Philippoteaux depicting the Siege of Paris, several paintings by Etienne Prosper Berne-Bellecour (1838-1910) and Paul-Louis-Narcisse Grolleron (1848-1901) as well as decorated plates Draner Jules (1833-1926).

This artist, a specialist in military history, realized with his son Paul Philippoteaux (1846-1923) three versions of this panorama. The first was on display in the Rotunda of the Champs Elysées between 1872 and 1890. The Army Museum has in its collection two sketches of this panorama. The second version has traveled to the United States from 1882 and the third was lost somewhere in Europe. One of these copies was brought to Greece in 1896 on the occasion of the Olympic Games, perhaps on the initiative of Pierre de Coubertin [1]. This painting was exhibited in a house just outside the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, built at the initiative of Nikolaos Thon (1850-1906), member of the organizing committee of the 1906 Olympic Games and director of the Royal Theatre during fifteen years, despite the will of the Greek royal family to destroy the building because it was hiding the view of the stage. The work was dismantled and has experienced many vicissitudes. Forgotten in a reserve, making roofing office for military shoe shop, it was rediscovered in the sixties by a merchant who restores and sells thirty years later to Teloglion family.

This story demonstrates the incredible destiny sometimes experienced by some art today in museums worldwide. Yesterday neglected, the work is presented to the public during the exhibition Philippoteaux created the Panorama of the Siege of Paris (October 18, 2016 - January 31 2017), the Teloglion Foundation of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The place where the exhibition takes place is the Teloglion Foundation of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Agiou Demetriou 159A, Thessaloniki, GR-54636).

The title is: Philippoteaux crée le panorama du siège de Paris.

The duration of the exhibition: 2016-10-18 through 2017-01-31.


The contribution by the Musée de l’Armée in Paris/France was a great opportunity to learn more about the Siege of Paris and will be a perfect taste of the great exhibition France-Germany (s): 1870-1871: The war, the Commune, the memories that will be held at Army museum from April 12 to July 30, 2017.