Crime and Punishment
Paris, Musée d'Orsay

The title of the exhibition is taken from the famous work of literature by Dostoyevsky. Across two hundred years, representations of this theme are collected in the fine arts, illustrated daily newspapers and scientific documents – a wide range of images – even music. This two-hundred-years span carries great significance: it was in 1791, Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau called for the abolition of the death penalty and, after years of passionate debate, in 30 September 1981, the bill was passed to abolish it in France.

The exhibition also explores representations of the female criminal, the relationship between madness, genius and crime, the instruments used throughout history for punishment, the perpetual problem of Evil, as well as scientific approaches to understanding the motivations of the criminal.

March 16th through June 27th, 2010
1, rue de la Légion-d’Honneur
75007 Paris
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