What goes on underground? What are these worlds, which have fed our imaginations since the dawn of time, like? In response to the questions raised by all forms of life underground, whether real or dreamt of, the exhibition offers a sensitive exploration of these subterranean worlds. By turns frightening and inspiring, they often mirror our societies and the human soul. From obscure depths to mythical worlds, to the teeming worlds of counter-cultures, the reality of the underground is manifold. These 20,000 places beneath the earth, explored by speleologists, miners and subway users, are just as fascinating to literature and cinema, from Dante to Quentin Tarantino. Featuring over 200 works of art from all eras and civilizations, from Gustave Doré's engravings to Éva Jospin's poetic sculptures, the exhibition invites visitors on a fabulous journey from shadow to light.


Curated by
Alexandre Estaquet-Legrand, heritage curator, director of the MUDO - Musée de l'Oise
Jean-Jacques Terrin, architect, doctor of architecture, professor emeritus at architecture schools
Gautier Verbeke, Director of Mediation and Audience Development, Musée du Louvre


Sans titres, Robes, 1996