"Oscar Wilde" exhibition at Le Petit Palais

"Oscar Wilde" exhibition at Le Petit Palais

Oscar Wilde’s name is often associated with a scandalous reputation. Decadent aesthete, a specialist of provocation and witticisms, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was also a great Irish writer, who wrote in English, author of theatre plays (The importance of Being Earnest…), novels (The Picture of Dorian Gray…), poems and children’s stories. France had never paid tribute to this perfect French speaker and passionate Francophile. Oscar Wilde did indeed make several trips to Paris between 1883 and 1890, and died there in deprivation and destitution after being convicted in London for homosexuality in 1895. He was the friend of André Gide, Pierre Louys, Henri de Régnier, and an acquaintance of Mallarmé, Verlaine, and Victor Hugo. He wrote his theatre play Salomé directly in French, for which he intended Sarah Bernardt for the title role. His tombstone at the Père Lachaise cemetery is topped by a Jacob Epstein sculpture. This exhibition, presented in the great galleries of the Petit Palais, seeks to illustrate Oscar Wilde, his life and his work. It will include manuscripts, rare editions, but also portraits of the writer (photos, caricatures, painted portraits). It will also bring together a selection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings (Millais, Alma-Tadema, Hunt, Burne-Jones…) bringing forth abundant comments from Wilde, an art critic.

Price : full rate €10 / concession rate €7 / free for children (- 18)


Advance bulk sales

Purchasing exhibition tickets in advance provides you with a number of benefits : 

- From 10% to 30% on the concession rate. It depends of the quantity of tickets (10% for 20 tickets / 20% for 50 tickets / 30% for 100 tickets)

- No queue access to the museum

- No expiry date (except that of the exhibition). Tickets valid for the duration of the exhibition.


Group visits 

Booking is mandatory for groups : dac-serviceeducatifetcultureldupetitpalais@paris.fr or (+33) (0) 1 53 43 40 36

- Groups of 10 or more people will pay the concession rate.

- A booking fee may be charged for visits to temporary exhibitions (€30 per group)

- Multilingual audioguides are available



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