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Contemporary Art in Occitania

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Montpellier, Nîmes, Sète, Sérignan, Arles...The Occitania region has a wealth of contemporary art centres, on the cutting edge of French creative trends in the visual arts sector. A brief overview.

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Hôtel des collections, MoCo Montpellier
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MoCo – Montpellier Contemporain: one institution, three locations

The city of Montpellier constantly reinvents itself, offering bold and innovative cultural experiences and building an artistic creation industry which extends across the city. With the MoCo, which will launch in June 2019, Montpellier becomes the first city to invent a next-generation art centre.

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Montpellier Contemporain – École des Beaux-Arts
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MoCo – School of Fine Arts

An emerging creative laboratory, the MoCo brings together a School of Fine Arts, an art centre and a museum dedicated to its collections: a three-part project bringing together the whole art world, from education to exhibitions.

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Montpellier Contemporain – La Panacée
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MoCo – La Panacée

Le deuxième chaînon du MoCo, La Panacée, dédie sa programmation et ses espaces de 1 000 m2 aux artistes émergents, avec une grande place laissée à l’interdisciplinarité et l’évènementiel.

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Carré d'Art – Musée d'Art contemporain de Nîmes
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Carré d'Art – The Nîmes Contemporary Art Museum

Located since 1993 in a superb building designed by Lord Norman Foster, the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art stretches from the 1960s to the present day, with nearly 600 works grouped around three major themes:  French art, including all its major movements and unique figures; Mediterranean identity; Anglo-Saxon and Germanic trends.

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Le Centre régional d'art contemporain de Sète
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The Sète Regional Contemporary Art Centre

A location dedicated to artistic creation, since its creation in 1997 the Sète Regional Contemporary Art Centre (CRAC) has presented over 600 artists from the French and international artistic scenes.

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Centre régional d'art contemporain de Sète © Étienne Bossut
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La Chapelle du Quartier Haut de Sète
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The Sète Chapelle du Quartier Haut

The Chapelle du Quartier Haut was originally the convent of the Sisters of the Infant Jesus or thesœurs noires who came to Sète in 1728 educate the poor girls in the local neighbourhood. Deconsecrated, at the beginning of the twentieth century it became the School of Business and Industry, and then the Technical College. Owned by the City of Sète, this imposing 18th century construction was recently reconfigured to host exhibitions.

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La Chapelle du Quartier Haut de Sète © DR
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The Sérignan Regional Museum of Contemporary Art (MRAC)
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The Sérignan Regional Museum of Contemporary Art (MRAC)

Alongside its permanent collection, the Sérignan MRAC presents  3,200 m2 of temporary exhibitions dedicated to both French and foreign artists.

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The MRAC library in Sérignan © DR
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Musée d’art Gustave Fayet – Frontfroide
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Gustave Fayet Art Museum – Fontfroide

This former Cistercian abbey near Narbonne was purchased at auction in 1908 by Gustave Fayet, a painter and curator, and his wife, Madeleine. A visionary collector, Gustave Fayet brought together symbolist works by creators such as Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cézanne, and particularly Odilon Redon, whose Day and Night hang in the Fontfroide library.

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Musée d’art Gustave Fayet – Frontfroide © Crogier Fackeldey
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Musée d’art Gustave Fayet – Frontfroide

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The Institut français and the project

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From 1st to 5th July 2019, the Institut français hosted 20 foreign programmers in Occitania to allow them to discover the contemporary art venues in this region, as part of a Focus on Visual Arts. Find out more about the Visual Arts Focus in the Occitania region