The Norman Rockwell Exhibition in Normandy

 

The Norman Rockwell exhibition is currently on in Caen. It’s one of the temporary exhibitions at the Mémorial de Caen museum and runs until 27 October.

Rockwell exhibition

The Exhibition

It’s called ‘Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms’ and is part of the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The Rockwell exhibition has toured the USA but the Caen exhibition is the only opportunity to see it in Europe. Interestingly, this is the first time the Four Freedoms paintings have left the States.

Four Freedoms by Norman Rockwell

As well as the Four Freedoms paintings, others paintings are on display including his most famous piece of artwork ‘The Problem We All Live With’. His attention to detail is remarkable and at times you think you’re looking at a photo rather than a painting.

Norman Rockwell exhibition

 

Rockwell's The Problem We All Live With

Practical information

The address of the Mémorial de Caen is:
Esplanade Général Eisenhower
CS 55026
14050 Caen Cedex 4

It’s located just 5 minutes by car from juntion 7 of the A84.

During August and September the exhition is open from 9am – 7pm. In October it’s open from 9.30am to 6pm.

Entry to the exhibition is 10€ and you can purchase your ticket in advance. For information about ticketing and the exhibition, visit the website.

There’s free parking right outside the museum. There are rest rooms once you go into the museum. There’s a separate entrance for the Norman Rockwell exhibition which is to the right of the main entrance. You can download an app that explains about the exhibition. There are signs in French and English describing each painting. The exhibition is spread over two floors.

Freedom of Worship by Norman Rockwell
Freedom of Worship by Norman Rockwell

You can watch Franklin D Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech below.

If you want to visit the main museum, you can buy a combined ticket. However, do allow plenty of time as there’s a lot to see. You can read more information about visiting the Mémorial de Caen here.

 

 

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