Insolence Incarnate; Oscar Wilde’s Expo at Petit Palais

Oscar Wilde’s expo at Le Petit Palais is a journey that traces the life and works of the famous writer through exceptional documents, manuscripts, photographs, drawings, caricatures and paintings, some of them unpublished.


For all the amateurs of classic literature, Le Petit Palais holds, for the first time in France, a major exhibition devoted to Oscar Wilde (born in 1854 in Dublin – died in 1900 in Paris).

A dandy esthete, a novelist, a playwright, a critic, an ardent defender of the English artistic revival… Oscar Wilde has seen it all: the bourgeois existence, the glory of the intellectual circles of London, stigma and imprisonment for homosexuality; and finally, the exile in Paris

Oscar Wilde joined Paris at the beginning of the year 1883. He weaved multiple and fertile links with the artistic scene of the intellectual milieu of Paris at the end of the 19th century.

Though Wilde was Irish, he was in love with the language of Molière. For that, a special focus will be given to Salomé, his unique work originally written in French. Unfortunately, this piece was censored by Lord Chamberlain for depicting biblical figures, but was praised by critics in Paris.

The biographical part of the exhibition brings together several famous and unexpected portraits such as the one painted by Toulouse-Lautrec or the original photographic prints of portraits made by Napoleon Sarony.

The exhibition presents the manuscripts of the most important works of the writer as well as copies of his books dedicated to French authors and various correspondences.

Oscar Wilde’s expo is also punctuated with film clips, interviews with Wilde’s grand-son, Merlin Holland,  and textual records read by British actor Rupert Everett.

In total, more than 200 remarkable exhibits including photographs, drawings, manuscripts, personal effects, were borrowed from various private collections and from different parts of the world as well; Ireland, England, the United States, Canada, Italy…

Some Frensh Insitituions like the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and  Musée d’Orsay  contributed to ensure that Oscar Wilde’s expo is as thorough and admiring as it should be!


Insolence Incarnate, Oscar Wilde’s Expo

When? Until January 15th, 2017

What time? 10am-06pm / Late opening – Friday until 9 pm

Where? Avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris | Metro : Champs-Elysées Clemenceau

How much? Plein tarif : 10 €
Tarif réduit : 7 €
Free : – 18