Musee d’Art Contemporain Lyon
|Art museums||Musee d’Art Contemporain Lyon|
|Location||81, quai Charles-de-Gaulle, (Musee d’Art contemporain), Lyon, 69006 France|
|About the Museum||The museum is situated next to a complex of 14 cinema screens on the huge site of the Cite Internationale, which takes up 84,000 m2 between the river Bhone and the Tete d’Or park. On the park side, the building, which was designed by Benzo Piano, has inherited a 30s-style facade from the former international congress centre, the Palsis de la Foire; it is coupled with a volume in bricks whose glass facing opens up along its entire length onto a pedestrian concourse. As a unified transparency that draws together two eras, this is a museum with a double facade: it is deliberately hybrid on the outside and perfectly harmonized on the inside, providing a space within which people can move around freely.
The Museum was inaugurated on the occasion of the third Lyon biennial. Its policy of promoting the creation of works of art, which is without any other real equivalent in France, gives artists the opportunity to experiment with unusual materials, forms, ideas and dimensions, and to create works that are in harmony with the venues in which they are presented.
Today, the collection houses the largest number of installations ever brought together by a museum in France. If this collection, which is representative of artistic creation in France and on the international level since the end of the 1960s, were to be exhibited in its totality, it would cover an area of 13,000 m2.
|Museum Collections||The museum is the result of a combination of three factors that give it a double affiliation to the history of art museums, and to contemporary art.
This fact, however self-evident, still deserves to be pointed out, in that it involves the very foundations of the museum’s programmes and functions…
Many international artists come here to exhibit various trends in modern art: conceptual art, photography, sculpture, painting, video, and more.