Contemporary Art Museums in France
For the past several years, France has successfully retained the status of the number one tourist destination worldwide, with millions of travelers coming here every year. If you want to join all those who decided to discover amazing and beautiful France, and have already managed to get a visa and buy plane tickets online, then we offer you not only to enjoy the traditional tourist holiday in this famous “octagon” – to visit the top of the Eiffel towers, see Notre Dame, enjoy the beauties of the Cote d’Azur, but also become discoverers of something new and unusual.
Bold architectural design, extravagant forms or historical buildings – the museums of modern art in France offer a separate and amazing world that is worth seeing.
No matter how unusual they are or in any significant historical place they are built, contemporary art museums in France are designed and accessible for understanding not only to refined connoisseurs of creativity.
Sometimes the architectural solutions of the buildings of these modern museums turn out to be so eloquent that they inspire them to research and study under the guidance of curiosity only – to find out what works are stored in them, and what “feeds” these amazing structures.
Chateau Monsoreau, Museum of Contemporary Art – Maine et Loire
Located on the edge of the Loire Valley, two hours from Paris, Monsoreau Castle is the only historical monument that was founded along the riverbed of this famous river. The construction of Monsoreau was completed in 1515 – the castle was made in the delightful Renaissance style and immortalized in time thanks to Alexander Dumas and his novel “Dame de Monsoreau”.
In the category of modern art museums building was classified in April 2016. Today, Monsoreau Castle offers to its guests amazing exhibitions located on more than 2,000 m2 of space. The collection of the museum is a huge part of the heritage called “Art and Language” (fr. “Art & Language”).
The Monsoreau Museum is a very attractive and lively place to explore. Among other things, there is an amazingly beautiful garden, a dining room – the castle cellar, where you can taste local cuisine, and a library that attracts a curious and intelligent public, which is becoming more and more year by year.
Chateau Monsoreau – Museum of Modern Art – located on Passage du Marquis de Geoffre, 49730 Monsoreau Street.
Hours and days of the museum depends on the time of year, from 10 to 19 hours from July to September.
Le SARS, Museum of Modern Art in Bordeaux – Gironde
Opened to visitors in 1983, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bordeaux was organized on the site of a former warehouse in Lena (fr. Lainé), a unique place where provisions for the colonies of France were stored in ancient times before their expedition across Europe.
Today, the museum’s collection is one of the richest in France, with more than 1,300 works by 190 artists and exhibited in the huge central vaulted nave.
SARS is located at number 7 on Rue Ferrere, 33,000 Bordeaux. The museum is open from 11 am to 6 pm (until 8 pm on Wednesday), closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Center Georges Pompidou – Paris
Subject to frequent criticism at the beginning of its existence, the Center Pompidou has today become an integral part of the landscape of Paris.
With over 120,000 works, the Pompidou Center, or “Beaubourg”, is the largest museum of contemporary art in Europe. It was opened on January 31, 1977 and was born at the request of Georges Pompidou to create an innovative institution, completely dedicated to art in all its forms. The amazing architecture of the building, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, did not find consensus among specialists and was often criticized, but today it only has to be noted that Beaubourg is practically the most important museum of modern art not only in Europe, but throughout the world.
Interesting. That this year will mark the 40th anniversary of the building of the Center Pompidou. In honor of the birthday and this momentous event, major events and exhibitions will be held in 40 cities of France.
The center of Georges Pompidou is located on the square of the same name (George Pompidou), 75004 Paris. The museum is open daily from 11 to 22 hours (up to 23 hours on Thursdays).
MAMCS, Museum of Contemporary Art Strasbourg – Ba.Ren
This museum is distinguished by the presence of huge areas, which exhibit the largest expositions of contemporary artists. Designed according to the idea of the masters of the architectural organization “AFA”, the museum with its modern structure offers privileged access to various premises and individual exhibitions that are not necessarily to be held in order. Thus, the visitor is completely free from the pressure of the museum space. The museum’s permanent collections include works by great masters such as Monet, Signac and Marriage. Beginning in 2014, the dome, which is located above the exposition…
MAMCS, Museum of Contemporary Art Strasbourg – Ba.Ren
This museum is distinguished by the presence of huge areas, which exhibit the largest expositions of contemporary artists. Designed according to the idea of the masters of the architectural organization “AFA”, the museum with its modern structure offers privileged access to various premises and individual exhibitions that are not necessarily to be held in order. Thus, the visitor is completely free from the pressure of the museum space. The museum’s permanent collections include works by great masters such as Monet, Signac and Marriage. Since 2014, the dome, which is located above the exhibition “Little France”, is decorated with colorful works by Daniel Buren.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Strasbourg is located at Place An-Jean-Arp 1 Place Hans-Jean-Arp – 67000 Strasbourg. The museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm, the day off is Monday.
Tokyo Palace – Paris
The exhibition space of this museum is one of the largest in the world: 22,000 m2. Tokyo Palace occupies the western wing of the monumental building, built in 1937 specifically for the exhibition “Art and Technique of Modern Life”. The museum offers visitors an exhibition, concerts, shows and colorful shows that can be seen on all four of its floors. The privileged location of Tokyo Palace, a stone’s throw away from Trocadero, offers a fantastic view of the sea and the Iron Lady.
Tokyo Palace is located on 13th Avenue of President Wilson in Paris (13, avenue du president Wilson Paris 75116. The museum is open every day except Tuesday, from noon until midnight.
Abatuar Toulouse – Haute-Garonne
The Museum of Contemporary Art in the city of Toulouse is located in a former slaughterhouse in a historic building built in the 19th century. The museum is of great importance in the world of art – it brings together more than 4,000 works, covering the period of the 2nd half of the 20th century, such artists as Dubuffet, Soulege, Duchamp and Sora. Here you can also admire one of the main works of Picasso, “The Remains of the Minotaur in the Harlequin Costume”.
The Abatoire Toulouse Museum is located on Charles de Fitt Street – 76, allée Charles-de-Fitte 31300 Toulouse. The historic building is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 12 to 18 hours (up to 20 hours on Thursday).
Museum of Contemporary Art Saint-Étienne – Loire
The Saint-Étienne Museum of Contemporary Art offers an amazing and accessible exposition to the general public.
If you, being a traveler, start looking for a building of the Museum of Modern Art in the city, then you will not be able to get past it – this is a grand black building designed by Didier Guichard. The facades of the building consist of black ceramic panels. The museum contains a collection of works that are known around the world: about 20,000 creative works, conceptual art, American minimalism, the direction of Pop Art and the new realism, as well as about 2,000 design works that make up one of the most important public collections.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is located on Rue Fernand Léger 42270 Saint-Priest-en-Jarez on Rue Fernand Leger. It is open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10 to 18 hours.
Louis Vuitton Foundation – Paris
The Louis Vuitton Foundation is a beautiful work of art set in the center of the Bois de Boulogne.
Built in the Zoological Garden in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, the building of the Fondation Louis Vuitton was designed by Frank Gehry under the direction of Bernard Arnaud, head of the LVMH group. Open to the public in 2014, this building with an area of 11,700 m2 is like a ship with sails filled with wind — thus creating the impression that it is moving. The interior of the museum dedicated to contemporary art extends over 3 levels – ten galleries are reserved only for exhibitions, but meetings, discussions, symposia, concerts, film or video shows are also held here. Since 2016, the work of Daniel Buren (Daniel Buren) entitled “Light Observatory” covers and displays on the twelve glass colored facades of the museum alternately.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation is located on 8th Avenue Mahatma Gandhi – 8 avenue Mahatma Gandhi 75116 Paris. The museum is open daily from 9 to 21 hours (up to 23 hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday).