From 21 October 2022 to 5 February 2023
1st and 2nd floors of the Cube, Salle blanche

For the first time in France, the exhibition The Train Journey explores how the development of the railways began to change perceptions and depictions of time and space in the mid-nineteenth century.

In an exhibition presenting some one hundred works from different eras, including many masterpieces, the museum invites you to discover artists’ outlook on this major technological innovation

Featuring works by artists such as Tissot, Monet, van Gogh, and Dalí, the exhibition has received special support from the Musée d’Orsay and presents masterpieces on loan from prestigious public and private collections (National Gallery, London, Centre Pompidou, etc.).

General curator:
Sophie Lévy, Director and curator, Musée d’arts de Nantes

Scientific curator:
Jean-Rémi Touzet, curator responsible for 19th century collections, Musée d’arts de Nantes


This exhibition has been awarded the “Exhibition of national importance” label by the French Ministry of Culture. It therefore qualifies for special state funding. Nantes would like to extend its warm thanks to the Ministry of Culture.


The Musée d’arts de Nantes would like to express its thanks to the Musée d’Orsay for its special support for the exhibition.


The Musée d’arts de Nantes thanks corporate supporters Alstom and SNCF Réseau for their major financial contributions to the exhibition.

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The Musée d’arts de Nantes would like to thank its partner Rails & Histoire, which has played a part in ensuring the high quality of the exhibition and raising its profile.

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The museum would also like to express its appreciation to its partner Discovery Trains for its support with promoting the exhibition.


The museum extends its warmest thanks to its media partners whose support has actively contributed to helping the public discover and visit the exhibition.

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- Louis Abel-Truchet, La Gare Saint-Lazare, vers 1892 Huile sur toile, 58,5 x 48 cm, collection privée
- Claude Monet, Charing Cross Bridge, La Tamise, 1903, huile sur toile, 73,4 x 100,3 cm, Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Photo : © RMN-Grand Palais / René-Gabriel Ojeda
- Giorgio de Chirico, Piazza d'Italia, fin des années 1940, huile sur toile, 40 x 50 cm, Collection J.M.A. Koster, Pays-Bas, © Photographie : Peter Cox

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