Tour de France of new must-see places

Thirst for culture? All over France, new museums, art centers and other hybrid venues are preparing to receive their first visitors. Travel in the epic of books and images to the Dominicans of Colmar, immerse yourself in the bubbling of contemporary creation in Luma Arles in the heart of Provence, explore ancient Gaul at NarboVia in Narbonne or take an impressionist walk at the Franciscans of Deauville and the Abbey of Fontevraud… We reveal the most emblematic new cultural places of the moment, to discover as soon as the health context begins. ready!

Luma Arles: a 21st century art factory

Even before its scheduled opening on June 26, Luma Arlesis already iconic. And for good reason ! In the heart of ancient Arles, this creative 11-hectare campus designed by the Luma foundation in an eco-responsible spirit is organized around a daring centerpiece: a 56-meter-high tower studded with 11,000 m2 of metal panels! Lines, shine and materials that evoke local roots, between paintings by Van Gogh, rocks of the Alpilles and Roman arenas. Signed by the prestigious architect Franck O. Ghery, the Luma tower houses exhibition spaces for major events, archives and seminar rooms, a library, a café-restaurant and a terrace with breathtaking views of the city ​​classified by Unesco, the Camargue or the Alpilles. Six former industrial buildings have been transformed into spaces for artist residences, installations and exhibitions. Some had already opened to the public for Les Rencontres de la Photographie, the next edition of which is scheduled from July 4 to September 26, 2021.

Les Franciscaines Deauville: praise of knowledge

Orphanage, hospital, housewife school … After three years of work, the Franciscan convent of Deauvillereinvents itself as a hybrid cultural place, at the same time museum, media library and performance hall. A change of vocation? Not quite ! Open to all the arts and all audiences, the site remains faithful to its mission as a place of reception and transmission of knowledge. A “place of life” sums up the architect Alain Moatti who has rearranged its 6000 m2 for a “pooling of knowledge” according to routes to build yourself. The cloister topped with a glass roof becomes a reading room, meeting space and theater foyer, the chapel an auditorium, and the galleries unroll “ribbons of knowledge”, books, digital and works of art around five linked universes in Deauville. On the museum side, four spaces share the exhibitions: the André Hambourg museum and its collection of 4,000 works,

NarboVia in Narbonne: the beginnings of ancient Gaul

Visiting the first Roman colony founded in Gaul? In Narbonne, the new Narbo Via museum brings back to life the past of this ancient capital, founded in 118 BC, of ​​which hardly any visible trace remains. On the banks of the Canal de la Robine, the building designed by the architectural firm Foster + Partners brings together over 3,200 m2 of exhibition space, more than 7,000 pieces from archaeological excavations. The highlight: a lapidary wall of 760 stone blocks from Roman necropolises that you can talk about! An automatic storage system allows visitors to manipulate them in order to know their history. Behind, the exhibition rooms around an atrium bring to life the life of the Roman city, notably with three-dimensional renditions of the monuments of the city and the port.

Fontevraud Abbey Modern Art Museum: through the eyes of a collector

You do not yet know the Abbey of Fontevraud, the largest monastic city of the Middle Ages classified by Unesco? With the opening of its Museum of Modern Art, this is one more reason to plan a visit to this unique place at the gates of Saumur. In an 18th century building that used to house the stables, three floors have been laid out over more than 1,700 m2 to display the exceptional collection from the Léon & Martine Clingman donation. Over 900 works are presented: around a hundred paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries by Toulouse-Lautrec, Chaïm Soutine or Bernard Buffet, sculptures, including a remarkable set of 14 works by Germaine Richier, nearly 300 original drawings and ancient and extra-European, Mesopotamian, African objects,

The Villa du Temps rediscovered in Cabourg: back to the Belle Epoque

What if we went for a walk near Swan’s, as in Marcel Proust’s novel? In Cabourg, his summer vacation spot from 1907 to 1914, (the “Balbec” of his novels), the brand new Villa du Temps Re-found brings back to life 150 years after his birth, the writer and his characters, and beyond , all the atmosphere of the Belle Epoque. Upon entering the villa, which has been completely restored to its original appearance, a real time machine plunges visitors into the atmosphere of the golden age of the Côte Fleurie. Through the magic of an immersive journey, with visual, sound and even olfactory effects, some 350 objects – furniture, masterpieces, costumes, films or photographs – invite you to explore this time suspended between two centuries. A time that saw the emergence of a generation of leading artists, Claude Monet, Eugène Boudin, Auguste Rodin or Claude Debussy. In parallel with this dive into good Proustian society, the temporary route sheds new light on the popular culture of the time as shown in the very first exhibition, “Fantômas and the mirror of the Belle Epoque” until November 11, 2021 .

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