The images that shaped Europe


This exhibition has been created by the Visual Contagions project together with the students of the academic course "La mondialisation culturelle au prisme du numérique" held in 2021/22 at the University of Geneva.

The Visual Contagions project is a Swiss National Science Foundation project at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) in collaboration with the Jean Monnet Excellence Center IMAGO (Co-Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, and the Ecole normale supérieure, Paris). The project, chaired by Professor Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel (Université de Genève), studies the global circulation of images from the print age (c. 1890) to the dawn of Internet. It describes and analyses what and when has circulated, and how certain images have circulated more than others (e.g. in reproductions, copies, pastiches, imitations) and through which channels. The ambition is to understand what makes an image successful, but also to identify how the circulation of images has contributed to the globalisation of cultures, and whether or not it reveals the symbolic domination of certain countries and cultures over others.


This exhibition would not be possible without the contribution of:

Curation and Coordination:
Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel & Nicola Carboni

The context: Visual Contagions project: Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel & Nicola Carboni
Man at the centre of the world?: Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel
Advertise the Belle Epoque: Frédérine Pradier
The sacred: Alexis Loris Di Santolo
Art blockbusters from the past: Marie Barras

Beth Daley, Europeana Foundation

Online production coordination
Małgorzata Szynkielewska, Europeana Foundation