Power Plays

Power Plays

History is rife with accounts of everyday people rising up to challenge the status quo established by the ruling authorities. Against the backdrop of oppression and subjugation, art has perennially emerged as a means of expressing the feelings of rage, anger and general frustration with the governance of prevailing authorities. In some instances, protest art has been so pivotal to driving social and political change, that it led to the toppling of powerful dictators.

Perhaps one of the most famous protest artworks is Pablo Picasso's iconic 'Guernica' (1937) which depicts the bombing of the town of Guernica in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso's bold and profoundly emotional anti-war painting highlighted the senseless carnage that prevailed in Spain during the war. The painting is still as resonant today as it was when it was unveiled, and socio-political artists today continue to use the emotive template that Picasso employed to create their own protest art.

The implications of protest art in shaping societies all over the world are often colossal and irreversible. This is why the Louvre's Petite Galerie is hosting an exhibition featuring significant protest artworks to explore the way protest art has influenced societies throughout history and the scope of protest art in the power play between political authorities and their subjects. This is an exhibition that is highly recommended for everyone.



Paul Mironneau, Director of the Musée National et Domaine du Château de Pau ;

Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre ;


Project Manager :

Florence Dinet, Musée du Louvre


Practical information


From September 27th, 2017, to July 2nd, 2018

Address :

Rue de Rivoli,

75001 Paris, France

Opening hours:

From Wednesday to Monday: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Late-night openings: Wednesdays and Fridays, until 10 p.m.

Closed on Tuesdays



Free for under-18s and EU residents under 26

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