The Palais de la Berbie, situated in Albi’s historic centre, was formerly an episcopal palace dating back to the 13th century. It has housed the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec since 1922, created as a result of an outstanding legacy from the Count and Countess de Toulouse-Lautrec. In addition to this sizeable collection, the museum also houses collections of archaeology and ancient and modern art.
Jules Chéret and the Belle Epoque – from posters to decor will be on display at the musée Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi from 29 September to 31 December 2012. The exhibition was previously on view in the Advertising Galleries of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 23 June to 7 November 2010. Curated by Réjane Bargiel, head curator of the Advertising Collections at Les Arts Décoratifs, and Ségolène Le Men, Professor at the Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, the exhibition enables us to rediscover the work of Jules Chéret. Nearly 240 of the artist’s original works have been brought together for the first time for this exhibition, made possible by a partnership between three European institutions: the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich, the Musée d’Ixelles in Brussels and the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi.