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13:00 9 January - 17:00 27 April 2012

Rousseau 300: Nature, Self and State


UCL Art Museum | UCL Wilkins Building (link Map)
South Cloisters | Gower Street | WC1E 6BT |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Open

This exhibition features rare items from UCL’s art and book collections to mark the 300th birth anniversary of one of the most controversial authors in the history of philosophy, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778). Among the items on show are first editions of Rousseau’s works, including On the Social Contract (Du contrat social, 1762), frontispieces and translations. The display highlights his unique and interdisciplinary characteristics as a philosopher who not only wrote on politics, economics and education, but also composed music and wrote best-selling novels. Featuring objects from UCL’s collections, the British Museum and the Voltaire Foundation, the show coincides with an international conference marking Rousseau’s tercentenary and a special performance of his rarely produced opera, Le Devin du village (UCL, 19-21 April 2012).


Dr Nina Pearlman
+44 (0)20 7679 2821 | n.pearlman@ucl.ac.uk

Jean-Jacques Rousseau. (c)Trustees of the British Museum.