Les Quatre Parties du Monde

In the storerooms housing the collections of the Petit Palais, Laurence Aëgerter discovered a series of tapestries, Les Quatre Parties du monde (The Four Continents Tapestry), produced in Amsterdam in the first half of the 18th century.

Inspired by the allegories of the four continents, Europe, Africa, Asia and America, Laurence Aëgerter imagined a monumental collage. Each element taken out of its original context symbolizes the current state of the globalized world, subject to the inexorable rise in sea levels.