From 8 March to 30 July 2022


Freedom on the horizon


The Clemenceau Museum presents Des Femmes et Clemenceau. La liberté pour horizon, from 8 March to 30 July 2022, focusing on Clemenceau’s positions on women’s rights through several female portraits among his relations: Louise Michel, Marguerite Durand, Sévérine, Rose Caron, Blanche Hoschedé-Monet, …

Reputed to be a misogynistic, Georges Clemenceau, from 1894 onwards, once divorced, while continuing to lead his life as a free man, worked for the recognition of certain rights for women. Far from becoming a feminist, he spoke out vigorously against castrating and guilt-inducing Judeo-Christian morality. Rejecting puritanism and fighting against humiliation and injustice, he fought against the bourgeois moral order and demanded economic and social rights for women.

“In the course of these brief juxtaposed accounts […] Clemenceau appears as he is in himself. Not exempt, in his personal life as in his words, from the various prejudices that reigned in his time, but nevertheless shaking the hypocritical moral order of the bourgeoisie in the most impetuous way,” as Jean-Noël Jeanneney points out. “Free and lucid, as it was in other fields throughout its history. And therefore premonitory as to the coming struggles for women’s liberation”.

This focus exhibition brings together works from the collections of the Musée d’Orsay (a portrait of Séverine by Hawkins), the Marguerite Durand Library and the Eugène Carrière Museum (Gournay-sur-Marne) as well as private collections.


Sylvie Brodziak, University Professor, University of Paris-Cergy
Lise Lentignac, administrator of the Clemenceau Museum
Florence Rionnet, doctor in modern and contemporary art history

from 8 March to 30 July 2022
during the opening hours of the Clemenceau museum

At the museum bookshop:

“Des Femmes et Clemenceau. La liberté pour horizon”, texts by Sylvie Brodziak, Lise Lentignac and Florence Rionnet, afterword by Jean-Noël Jeanneney, Cahier d’exposition-focus n°4, Musée Clemenceau, Paris, 2021 (10€)

Communiqué de presse



From 14 September 2021 to 29 January 2022


About ten years ago, Codex Urbanus began painting a vandal bestiary on the walls of the 18th arrondissement in the middle of the night. This urban manuscript – the French translation of the Latin Codex Urbanus – consists exclusively of chimeras and fantastic animals. This mural project made the artist known to the general public and gave him his name.

After the Gustave Moreau Museum and the Château de Malmaison, Codex Urbanus is now at the Tiger’s house, where it will be discussing the republican myth of Georges Clemenceau with its bombs and poscas.

The Musée Clemenceau is giving carte blanche to the street art artist Codex Urbanus for the first time, from 14 September to 29 January 2022.

A carte blanche to a street artist at the Clemenceau Museum may seem a little strange… and yet there are many bridges between this art lover who was Minister of the Interior and these mural painters whose artistic practice is a crime.

Faithful to the spirit of street art, Codex Urbanus chose to intervene on old objects and documents (books, posters…), having belonged to the Tiger, which reminds us of the irreverent aspect, the voluntary degradation of the ephemeral works of the street.

“Well yes, Clemenceau is alive! The echoes of what he was are nobody’s prerogative”, as Jean-Noël Jeanneney writes, “His figure belongs to everyone. The intrusion of the talent of Codex Urbanus in this place, which we wanted to do, bears witness to this in a beautiful way.

If the visitor just wants to enjoy the singular atmosphere of the flat of the Father of Victory, the contemporary pieces are discreetly inserted into the place, without forcing anything. It is therefore a sort of treasure hunt to which the visitor is invited to discover the life and work of Clemenceau in a parallel and offbeat way.

During this period, Codex Urbanus will create a fresco on the walls of the exhibition room on the first floor, inspired by Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, as a tribute to the fraternal friendship between the artist and the politician.

from 14 September to 29 January 2021
during the opening hours of the Clemenceau Museum

At the museum bookshop:

“Carte Blanche à Codex Urbanus”, texts by Codex Urbanus, postface by Jean-Noël Jeanneney, Cahier d’exposition focus, Musée Clemenceau, Paris, 2021 (10€)

Communiqué de presse



The Musée Clemenceau presents a focus exhibition, Clemenceau, Gustave Geffroy, l’art, une passion partagée, from 19 May to 31 July 2021.

The art critic Gustave Geffroy (1855-1926) was one of Georges Clemenceau’s most loyal collaborators and friends, from the time they met in 1880 until Geffroy’s death in 1926.

Sharing the same political and societal convictions, and the same passion for art, literature and theatre, the two men, who had an uninterrupted professional relationship in the press, created strong bonds of friendship, nourished by mutual esteem. “He contributed a great deal to the Tigre, to whom his affectionate devotion never wavered,” wrote Jean-Noël Jeanneney, President of the Clemenceau Museum Foundation.

In this modest and discreet man, Clemenceau found a precious collaborator, an unconditional supporter and a true guide in the world of arts and letters. This focus exhibition aims to highlight their shared passion for the visual arts. Gustave Geffroy was the man who enabled Clemenceau to renew his acquaintance with Claude Monet and to meet the artists Eugène Carrière, Rodin, Cézanne, Raffaëlli and Steinlen.

On this occasion, the Musée Clemenceau presents works from the collections of the Musée d’Orsay (a portrait of Geffroy by Eugène Carrière, a bust of Geffroy by Auguste Rodin), the Petit Palais and the Musée Eugène Carrière, Gournay-sur-Marne.

Focus exhibition
from 19 May to 31 July 2021
during the opening hours of the Clemenceau Museum

At the museum bookshop:

“Clemenceau, Gustave Geffroy – l’art, une passion partagée”, text by Patricia Plaud-Dilhuit, afterword by Jean-Noël Jeanneney, Cahier d’exposition focus, Musée Clemenceau, Paris, 2021 (10€)



Until 2 January 2021, the Clemenceau Museum is presenting a focus exhibition, Clemenceau welcomes Victor Hugo, retracing the intertwined destinies of two illustrious men, the young Clemenceau and the poet Hugo, who had returned from exile, through their common battles, their ideals and their passion for Asia, illustrated with original documents from public and private collections.

Both originally from the Vendée and opponents of the Empire, Victor Hugo and Clemenceau met when the Republic was proclaimed. They fought against the abandonment of Alsace and the Moselle, for the amnesty of the Communards, for the abolition of the death penalty and they were next to each other during the first celebration of 14 July, which became a bank holiday in 1880.

until 2 January 2021
during the opening hours of the Clemenceau Museum

At the museum bookshop:   

“Clemenceau welcomes Victor Hugo”, Exhibition booklet, Musée Clemenceau, Paris, 2020 (10€).



Le musée Clemenceau présente une exposition-focus consacrée à Gilbert Bellan (1868-1951), qui fut peintre, tour à tour, du traité de Versailles, des ruines de la Grande Guerre, de la Victoire de 1918 ou de la Libération de 1944 et, par-dessus tout, celui de Clemenceau.

Cette exposition offre une sélection d’œuvres qui témoignent d’une amitié fructueuse entre un artiste de talent et un homme politique au soir de sa vie.

du 17 septembre 2019 au 29 fevrier 2020 (prolongation)
durant les heures d’ouverture du musée Clemenceau

L’ouvrage Gilbert Bellan , le peintre de Clemenceau de Patrick de Villepin est disponible à la librairie du musée Clemenceau


Expositions passées


Prolongation – jusqu’au 31 juillet 2019

Guerre&Paix, Clemenceau vu par la caricature (1915-1919)

A l’occasion des célébrations du Centenaire de la fin de la Première guerre mondiale, le musée Clemenceau présente une exposition-focus consacrée à Clemenceau vu par la caricature entre 1915 et 1919, à partir de ses propres collections.

Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929) a été l’un des personnages les plus caricaturés de son temps. La Grande Guerre le voit revenir au premier plan, au centre de l’attention de la presse et de l’opinion, en particulier lorsqu’il est appelé, à partir de 1917, à diriger le Gouvernement.

Cette exposition offre l’occasion de mieux apprécier la façon dont Clemenceau fut perçu par ses contemporains, dans les derniers temps d’un destin sans pareil : le crayon des dessinateurs restitue, entre tendresse et ironie, entre humour et insolence, une figure qui n’a pas fini de nous séduire, de nous étonner, de nous inspirer.

Cet événement a reçu le label Centenaire 14/18.

à partir du 11 septembre 2018- prolongée jusqu’au 31 juillet 2019
durant les heures d’ouverture du musée Clemenceau


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Clemenceau et les Japonais, portraits photographiques de l’ère Meiji (1868-1912)

Cette exposition-dossier présente pour la première fois trois albums photographiques conservés par Georges Clemenceau (1841- 1929) dans la bibliothèque de son appartement parisien.

Clemenceau a côtoyé de nombreuses personnalités japonaises tout au long de sa carrière de parlementaire, de journaliste, de dirigeant politique et de collectionneur. Ces trois albums des années 1880 regroupent cent vingt-six portraits photographiques de civils et de militaires souvent jeunes et appelés à de hautes destinées. Ils révèlent les multiples visages de la société japonaise en pleine mutation sous le règne de l’empereur Meiji (1868 – 1912).

L’exposition-dossier est organisée à l’occasion de l’anniversaire des 160 ans des relations franco-japonaises. Elle place, au cœur de l’amitié entre les deux pays, les figures de Clemenceau et de Japonais, acteurs d’histoires partagées.

Exposition dossier
5 juin au 31 juillet 2018
durant les heures d’ouverture du musée Clemenceau


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