Sarah Bernhardt Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris

  • Exhibition

The "divine" Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), an actress as well as an artist, takes centre stage at the Petit Palais with an exceptional exhibition to mark the centenary of her death.

The Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris holds important collections relating to the actress, including her portrait painted by her friend Georges Clairin in 1876, donated by her son Maurice.

More than five hundred works** trace the life and theatrical career of Sarah Bernhardt, this " monstre sacré " (sacred monster) as Jean Cocteau called her.

Throughout her career, she interpreted roles created by the greatest authors, from Racine to Shakespeare, Edmond Rostand and Alexandre Dumas fils, and caused a sensation on stages all over the world.

The exhibition evokes her greatest roles through the presentation of stage costumes, photographs, paintings, posters... As an artist herself, an entire section of the exhibition focuses on this lesser known aspect of her life. Photographs, paintings and even a film** reveal the intimacy of her creation but also the publicity she intended to give to her work as an artist. Several objects that belonged to her also illustrate the "intimate Sarah", her different homes, her heterogeneous and abundant interiors, her wardrobe, and recall her taste for eccentricity.

Sarah Bernhardt died in 1923 at the age of 79.

Opening and closing times

From 11/04 to 27/08/2023 between 10 am and 6 pm. Closed on Monday. Temporary exhibitions close at 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays.


The permanent collections are free and open to the public.



Spoken languages

  • French


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