Marie Antoinette, a Queen in Versailles

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Re-introduced to this generation by the likes of Sofia Coppola (through her 2006 biopic) and David Adjmi (through his highly rated 2013 play), Marie Antoinette (1774-1791) and her short, dramatic life form the basis for this much vaunted mega-display at Roppongi's Mori Arts Center Gallery. Presented through portraits, tableware, clothing and more – a total of around 200 items – the Austrian-born icon's story is traced from her childhood in Vienna and her marriage to Louis XVI all the way to the famed guillotine execution on Place de la Révolution in Paris. Highlights here include copies of Marie's handwritten letters and a full-scale reconstruction of her private room inside the Versailles, complete with decorated walls and luxurious furniture. The exhibition stays open through the New Year's holidays, but you'll probably want to pick another time for a visit – this one promises to become one of the most crowded shows in Tokyo during its run.


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