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Exposition "Fil rouge, Rueil de l'an 1000 à l'an 2000"

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About : Exposition "Fil rouge, Rueil de l'an 1000 à l'an 2000"

The historian Michel Pastoureau has made colors his object of research, demonstrating that they are complex cultural constructions revealing changes of mentality over the centuries. While it now seems obvious that the rainbow has seven colors or that primary colors are enriched with complementary colors, our perception of colors is in fact a result of a cultural game in which scientific problems come into play. religious, political and economic.

Red was the first color mastered by humans. In prehistoric times, the first traces of paint on pebbles or walls are red and ocher is scattered in the graves. Bricks, tiles, furniture and ornaments: red occupies an early place in Mediterranean housing and urban planning. The purple-colored fabrics, a sign of wealth and power, are prized in Rome: they cover kings, chiefs, priests and statues of the gods. Heir to the emperors of Rome, Charlemagne presents himself on the day of his coronation fully dressed in red! In the twelfth century, when the system of liturgical colors is diffused in the West, red is omnipresent: it is the color of violence, death, the flames of hell, the devil and demons. He is also the red of the life and blood of Christ on the cross, which is the subject of incredible devotion. At the dawn of modern times, the hatred of red is developing at the same time as sumptuary laws and dress regulations are multiplying. Prostitutes are forced to wear a piece of garish clothing, often red.

From the cardinal's purple to the imperial red, from the uniform of the Swiss guards to that of the soldiers of 1870, red has sown the reputation of the city of Rueil. Ribbon of the legion of honor, wine culture or industrial bricks, the red is the playground of this flamboyant exhibition, intended to reread in a fun way the history of Rueil-Malmaison from the year 1000 to the year 2000.

Place du 11 novembre 1918 92500 Rueil-Malmaison France

Phone : 01 47 32 66 50

e-mail :


From 18/05 to 15/12/2019 between 2 pm and 5.45 pm.
Closed on Sunday.

Period: Autumn, Summer, Spring


Free of charge.


Spoken languages : French


RER A / Rueil-Malmaison station, and then bus n°144 : ‘Mairie de Rueil’ bus stop.

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