Located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, the Hôtel de Ville is a monument that already attracts a large number of tourists. And from May 30 until July 6, 2013, travelers will have yet another reason to visit the popular site. This is because the Hôtel de Ville is organizing a free exhibition dedicated to Nelson Mandela. Entitled ‘Nelson Mandela: from Prisoner to President,’ the exhibition enables visitors to discover Mandela’s extraordinary life through photographs, drawings, sculptures, films and first-hand accounts.
The exhibit has been organized as part of the South Africa Season in France. Having debuted in 2012, the second edition of France’s South Africa Season includes various cultural and artistic events revolving around the country of South Africa. ‘Nelson Mandela: from Prisoner to President’ is one of these events, and it explores how the first black president of South Africa became such a historical symbol in the fight for racial equality and human rights.
Following its 2008 debut at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, this exhibit has traveled to many countries around the globe, such as Sweden and Argentina. After its run in France, it will be shown in Peru and Ecuador later this year. In a constant state of evolution, the exhibit has benefited from occasional updates as well as being slightly adapted to each host country in which it is displayed.
Guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg should make sure to stop by this exhibit, which retraces the complex journey of Mandela by revealing the political, public and private facets of his life. In this way, they can also learn about the history of South Africa and its reinvention as a new country led by Mandela.