Cultural summer strolls in France


Art is an "embodiment" of our abundant humanity. And what if this special summer of 2020 was an opportunity for cultural strolls across our country? Art doesn't come out of nowhere. Just like the way we perceive a landscape, the beauty or ugliness of life, art is intrinsically linked to the society that produces it. At its core, figurative or not, clumsy or magnificent, the work of art expresses nothing else in the multiplicity of its forms, than an effort always started over again to celebrate and make visible, even unforgettable, the sensibilities, values, rites, rituals, existential questions, world views, secular or religious spiritualities that work in us. UP' Magazine therefore proposes a selection of places to visit this summer (non-exhaustive selection), to better read the beauty of a work of art, a monument, a site, a landscape, in order to approach the history of the world and its values from the inside, to reflect on our present and past societies, to awaken awareness of our own place in the concert of the world. 

Exhibitions and events summer 2020 / New openings

Musée des Impressionnismes, Giverny: "Reflections of a collection" - Until August 30, 2020

This summer, thehe Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny has chosen to offer the public a new exhibition entitled "Reflections of a Collection", the first major hanging of works from its own collection, which has been growing steadily for over ten years.
Presented from 15 June to 30 August 2020, the exhibition route brings together nearly a hundred works (drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, manuscripts) divided into several sections.
From Gustave Caillebotte's impressionism to Pierre Bonnard's post-impressionism, from Joan Mitchell's painting to Hiramatsu Reiji's delicate poetry, the museum wishes to bear witness to the influence of impressionism up to the most current creation.
This exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of a guide to the collections and is part of Impressionist Normandy.

Eighty works on public display at the Musée de Giverny, to be seen throughout the summer (©BCP/LeDémocrate)

Meeting of the Metropolitan Museums of Rouen Normandy - From 11 July to 15 November 2020
Impressionist season in the museums of the RMM, from 11 July to 15 November (Exhibitions as part of Normandie impressionniste 2020)> Musée des Beaux-arts, Rouen

"François Depeaux, the man with 600 paintings "For the 4th edition of the Normandy Impressionist Festival, the Rouen Museum of Fine Arts proposes to explore the life of a central figure in the Impressionist movement: coal magnate François Depeaux (1853-1920).

"Life in colour: Antonin Personnaz (1854-1936), impressionist photographer " This original exhibition, produced in partnership with the Société française de Photographie, will be the very first study and publication devoted to Antonin Personnaz. It will present a corpus of images recreating the author's impressionist universe, with a realism that is strikingly realistic for today's visitors.

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"Léon-Jules Lemaitre: through the streets of Rouen" Among the most representative painters from Rouen, Léon Jules Lemaître (1850-1905) is one of the most representative of what is known as the School of Rouen. He was a talented student at the school of drawing in his town and was awarded a scholarship which enabled him to continue his career in the capital.
In partnership with the Association des Amis de l'Ecole de Rouen, the Museum of Fine Arts proposes to bring together a representative group of the painter's various periods from public and private collections, thus producing the first monograph devoted to Léon Jules Lemaître.

Musée industriel de la Corderie Vallois, Notre-Dame-de-Bondeville: "Crinolines, turnings and paletots, fashion at the time of the Impressionists".
This exhibition will be based on about twenty period pieces, mainly feminine, but also masculine and children's, as well as accessories, lent by a private collection (La Dame d'atours). Alongside these historical outfits will also be presented newspapers and fashion prints (Villon Heritage Library, Rouen), as well as textile samples (Corderie Vallois).

Natural History Museum, Rouen: "The Secret Herbarium of Giverny" Claude Monet and Jean-Pierre Hoschede as herbalists
This exhibition aims to highlight the scholarly microcosm that surrounds the two artists. It appears that Claude Monet himself collected plants from his garden and created herbariums, thus testifying to a thorough understanding of the plant kingdom, which sheds new light on painting.

Museum of Ceramics, Rouen: "Camille Moreau-Nelaton (1840-1897) a woman ceramist in the time of the Impressionists".
As part of the Normandy Impressionist Festival, the Musée de la Céramique proposes to study an original figure that has never before been the subject of a monographic exhibition.

Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Saint-Etienne Robert Morris: "The perceiving body. The Perceptive Body" - Exhibition labeled of national interest by the Ministry of Culture. From July 1 to July 1er November 2020

In the summer of 2020, the MAMC+ presents an exceptional exhibition devoted to Robert Morris, an American artist who died in December 2018 and a key figure in the history of contemporary art. This exhibition focuses on his early work, from the early 1960s to the late 1970s. During this period, the artist produced what are now considered canonical works of minimal and postminimal art.

This exhibition, co-produced with the MUDAM in Luxembourg, is of an exceptional nature. It was conceived by independent American curator Jeffrey Weiss in close collaboration with Robert Morris himself, before he died in December 2018. It is thus the first exhibition to look back on his historic production since his death. It is an opportunity to bring together a group of major works rarely seen in France from major international collections (Tate Modern in London, Art Institute of Chicago, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, etc.).

Espace de l'Art Concret, Château de Mouans : " Nouvelles donnes " The Albers-Honegger Collection - From July 4, 2020 to March 7, 2021
Artists: Alberto Berliat, Marcelle Cahn, John Cornu,Jean-François Dubreuil, EMMANUEL, Gerhard Frömel, Fritz Glarner, Gottfried Honegger, Jahangir, Imi Knoebel, Nikolaus Koliusis, Jens J. Meyer, Guillaume Millet, Knut Navrot , Valery Orlov, Henri Prosi, Alfred Reth, Sigurd Rompza, Nelly Rudin, Gottlieb Soland, Georges Vantongerloo, Karina Wiesniewska.

The Albers-Honegger Donation was established in several stages beginning in 2000. The first major donation by Gottfried Honegger and Sybil Albers to the French state in 2000 forms the core of the collection, around which various complementary donations, both by the artist couple and by other donors, have been aggregated. Since then, the couple has in fact been able to involve many artists, galleries and collectors in their project, all of whom have chosen to donate works that complement the protean reading of the collection.
The Albers-Honegger Donation is a unique collection in France, classified as a National Treasure and registered on the inventory of the National Centre for Plastic Arts, deposited since 2004 at the Espace de l'Art Concret. It offers to the public a collection of more than 700 works, representative of the multiple tendencies of geometric abstraction. This richness favours a permanent dialogue between works from different horizons, between theoretical propositions and specific sociological and political contexts.

Current Exhibitions / By Region

Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Ideal palace of the Facteur Cheval in Hauterives (Drôme) :

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The Palais Idéal, in Hauterives, offers an astonishing exhibition around Agnès Varda's passion for correspondence, letters, postcards and postmen who often pass through her films.

"Agnes Varda. Correspondences" - Extension until September 6, 2020
After celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Palace's classification as a Historic Monument, which brought together Pablo Picasso and Fabrice Hyber for a vibrant tribute to the horse factor, the Ideal Palace is pleased to welcome the works of an artist for whom Ferdinand Cheval's work was a source of inspiration: Agnès Varda.

Conceived with Rosalie Varda, his daughter, and Julia Fabry, his collaborator, this trilogy of exhibitions at the Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval, proposes to return in three stages to the protean work of Agnès Varda in relation to the singular production of Ferdinand Cheval.

The first exhibition, presented from February 15 to June 7, 2020, is entitled "Agnès Varda. Correspondances" and reveals the links that united Agnès Varda to this unique place through her taste for epistolary relations, her passion for postcards, her references to the emblematic figure of the postman-factor who often crossed her cinematographic and documentary work.

IAC Villeurbanne: Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni (Rhône-Alpes)

View of the exhibition INFANTIA (1894-7231) by Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni at the Institute of Contemporary Art © Blaise Adilon

" INFANTIA (1894-7231) " Extension until 27 September 2020
IAC Villeurbanne invites the artists Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni. After the first season "The Unmanned", a series of 8 films that retraces the history of computer science in reverse, the artists have been working since 2018 on a second cycle entitled "The Everted Capital" that they will unveil for the first time in France at the IAC.
This new project, conceived as a performative speculation on the future of value, attempts to produce, through each of its episodes and the protocols they deploy, an alternative fiction to that of capital.

"Infantia" is the exhibition of a birth. Before being a museum, IAC was a school. The school becomes a child. In the child's body there is: a sunset at noon, immortal communists sleeping under a shower of salt, death as atavism, Lydian kings and money. There is also: a 3,000-year-old hostage-taking, a land that is being dismantled, a starless night, a tree torn down, Richard Nixon, and emptiness.
Inside the children's museum, each thing, each object, is the trace of an exchange, the rest of a valuable fiction.

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Saint-Etienne :

Maurice Allemand in 1960 in front of the Musée d'Art et d'Industrie de Saint-Étienne with "Reclining Figure" by Henry Moore (1958), temporary exhibition "One hundred sculptors from Daumier to the present day", Photo credit: Geneviève Allemand / MAMC+.

" Maurice Allemand or how modern art came to Saint-Etienne. A history of the collections "Until January 3, 2021

Our modern art, in France, was not always unanimous, univocal. There was a time, not so long ago, when museums hardly kept any works by Picasso, when the Dada movement, international constructivism, the Bauhaus, abstraction and the avant-garde were inaccessible and a dead letter for most people.
After the war, defending such works was a battle, a conquest. In this respect, Saint-Etienne occupies a key position: figurehead, laboratory, the city is home to a fundamental cultural adventure initiated by Maurice Allemand, director of the Museum of Art and Industry from 1947 to 1966.

The artistic collection it constitutes is today preserved at the MAMC+, created in 1987. Maurice Allemand invented the conditions for a courageous and fine diffusion of modern art. He organized landmark exhibitions devoted, for example, to African art, abstract art, collage and assemblage. The tour allows visitors to understand the milestones of the collection in a different way and to rediscover, alongside masterpieces, artists who are today little-known and a hundred or so pieces that have not been shown for at least twenty years.

Firenze Lai - "White Balance" : First museum exhibition in Europe - Until 30 August 2020

Firenze Lai, Red curtain (detail), 2018

For her first solo exhibition in Europe, Firenze Lai (1984, Hong Kong) unveiled some sixty works, including paintings, drawings and engravings.
Firenze Lai portrays characters in urban worlds, prey to a modern society that is demeaning and manipulative, especially since the demonstrations in Hong Kong that have shaken the country since 2014.
These anonymous characters, evolving in neutral backgrounds, tell of physical and psychological situations experienced in everyday life. The title of the exhibition, "White Balance", refers to the photographic term for the reworking of colours and their lighting from a neutral and indisputable base, white. It also points to the moment of change, of nuances, of a possible personal adjustment in the face of societal situations or universal values.

Alexandre Leger: "Alas, nothing ever lasts." - Partner Award 2018 - Until August 30, 2020

Alexandre Leger, Happy melancholy (detail), Courtesy galerie Bernard Jordan, Paris

For the first time in a museum in France, the MAMC+ stages the entire universe of Alexandre Leger through a hundred drawings, between large composite sets, series and unique works.
With a form of ritual in the choice of paper, old or used, smeared with small or large tiles, Alexandre Leger exposes natural phenomena or the most tormented human feelings, coldly noting dysfunctions, something sick. The showcases, designed in the spirit of those of natural history museums, invite horizontal examination of the boards, hesitating between the medical, incisive look and the documentary, excavated look.
Alongside sculptures of eroded erasers and snippets of pencil crayons with timeless messages, the ensemble delivers all of Alexandre Leger's visionary poetry with lavish accents: "Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed".

Occitania and PACA

Mrac Occitanie, Sérignan: "The measure of the world "Group exhibition - Extension until September 20, 2020

 "La mesure du monde", view of the exhibition at Le Mrac, Sérignan, 2019. Photograph Aurélien Mole

The Mrac Occitanie in Sérignan presents until 20 September 2020 "La mesure du monde", a collective exhibition that brings together more than 20 international artists around the relationship with nature and the poetry of the world.

The collective exhibition, "The Measure of the World", aims to draw up a sensitive and poetic inventory of the world and its physical laws. Taking the measure of the world, of its relief, texture, flow and counter-flow, taking a pause and immersion in the landscape, focusing on the "details of the world" to use the title of the beautiful book by Romain Bertrand, these are the intuitions that have presided over the development of this new exhibition of the Mrac Occitanie.
With works by : Dove Allouche, Marie Cool & Fabio Balducci, Caroline Corbasson, Attila Csörgo, Edith Dekyndt, Hugo Deverchère, Julien Discrit, Roberto Evangelista, Anne-Charlotte Finel, Mark Geffriaud, Joan Jonas, Pierre Malphettes, Masaki Nakayama, Otobong Nkanga, Elisa Pône, Linda Sanchez, Stéphane Sautour, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Batia Suter, Francisco Tropa, Keiji Uematsu, Capucine Vandebrouck, Adrien Vescovi, Maya Watanabe, Lois Weinberger.

"Fata Bromosa" - Abdelkader Benchamma - Extension until 20 September 2020

Abdelkader Benchamma - Fata Bormosa at the RMCA in Sérignan - View of the exhibition Room 3

Le Mrac Occitanie à Sérignan dedicates an exhibition to the spiritual universe of the artist Abdelkader Benchamma.
For his first solo exhibition in a French museum, Abdelkader Benchamma invests three rooms of the Mrac Occitanie in an immersive installation that operates a network of echoes and resonances with his residency at the Villa Médicis, realized in autumn 2018 as part of the first Occitanie-Médicis Prize.

Over the last ten years or so, Abdelkader Benchamma has made a name for himself by developing a virtuoso practice of drawing, in a broadened conception that is deployed on the scale of the places that welcome him. Inspired as much by literature and astrophysics as by philosophy and esotericism, Abdelkader Benchamma's drawings give form to the informal, creating doubt about the reality of our perceptions.

Les Abattoirs, Museum - Frac Occitanie, Toulouse - In 2020, Les Abattoirs, Musée-Frac Occitanie in Toulouse celebrates its 20th anniversary! Laure Prouvost, " Deep See Blue Surrounding You/Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre " - Extension until September 20, 2020

The Abattoirs will begin the year 2020 by hosting the first stage of the French Pavilion designed by Laure Prouvost (born in 1978 in Croix-Lille, France) for the 58th edition of the French Venice Biennale of Art, "Deep See Blue SurroundingYou"/Vois ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre.
This is indeed a first tour for a pavilion presented at this biennial. An in situ sculptural installation adapted to the Abattoirs' exhibition spaces enriches and develops the film, using processes specific to the artist's practice, such as objects that are remnants of the film, resin, earth, glass, plants or water vapour.

Gino di Maggio " Viva Gino! A Life in Art" - Extension until 15 November 2020

Gino Di Maggio's collection is on display at the Abattoirs: Futurism, Fluxus, New Realism, Posters, Mono-ha, Gutai, Italian cinema, ...". Viva Gino! A Life in Art" is the first exhibition in a museum of some of the works acquired by Gino Di Maggio (born in 1940 in Novara, Sicily, Italy), an Italian collector who rubbed shoulders with and promoted many of the artists who enlivened the international art scene in the second half of the 20th century.

This exhibition brings together much more than remarkable works, it tells the story of a lifetime. The route presented at the Abattoirs tells the story of Gino Di Maggio through his commitment to artists, his publishing work and the activities of his Milanese foundation, Mudima, created in 1989, the first in Italy for contemporary art.
The exhibition starts with Futurism and Fountain(1917), Marcel Duchamp's ready-made, to go beyond the limits of art with the gestural painting of the Japanese artists of Gutai and Mono-Ha, the hijacked and transformed pianos of the Happenings and Fluxus, the New Realism, or the Italian scene, another Italy from figuration to kineticism.

CRAC Occitanie, Sète

"Qalqalah - More than one language" - Extension to September 6, 2020

Mother tongues, adoptive languages, diasporic languages, migrant languages, lost languages, imposed languages, vulgar, vernacular, minor, invented, pirated, contaminated languages... How is (one) told in more than one language, in more than one alphabet? How does one listen, from the place and the languages in which one finds oneself?
Beyond a linguistic approach, the aim of this exhibition is to open up a space in which to deploy plural narratives and heterogeneous testimonies, based on one of the possible meanings of the Arabic word qalqalah, "a movement of language, a phonetic vibration, a rebound or an echo".

Espace de l'Art Concret, Château de Mouans "Francisco Sobrino" - Extension until September 6, 2020

Francisco Sobrino - Untitled, 1990 Sobrino Family Collection - Courtesy Galerie Mitterrand © photo eac. Adagp, Paris 2019

The exhibition devoted to the Spanish artist Francisco Sobrino (1932, Guadalajara, Spain-2014, Bernay, France) offers a retrospective on the work of this important representative of kinetic art, co-founder of the G.R.A.V. in 1961.  
The 1959 gouaches on cardboard offer subtle formal games of mathematical progressions that most often give a whirling aspect to the composition. The use of primary and complementary colours in certain works further destabilizes perception: relief and depth seem to appear on resolutely flat compositions.
To the logical rhythms of these early works, works on randomness, wall assemblages and sculptures, respond to movements born of the activation of springs or metal rods by the spectator, such as "Libres dans le vent" (1969) and "Sphères-Pulsations" (1970).

Sobrino's works are two-dimensional and thus quickly acquire relief to play with space and light, becoming open, participative and sometimes even penetrable. Francisco Sobrino opts for modern materials such as Plexiglas and polished steel in order to create structures that are often kaleidoscopic and whose challenge is the ever-increasing interference between the work, the viewer and his environment.


MAC VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine :

  • Exposition monographique de Brognon Rollin, « L’avant-dernière version de la réalité » – Prolongation jusqu’en janvier 2021

The MAC VAL offers the public the first monographic exhibition of the artist duo Brognon Rollin. It brings together new productions and existing works around a reflection on time, its perception, its relativity, its unfolding, its links to space...
With Philip K. Dick, Stefan Sweig and Jorges Luis Borges, David Brognon and Stéphanie Rollin exploring the interstices of time, the works in the exhibition can be read as so many spatio-temporal faults.

  • "Le vent se lève" - New hang of the collection - Extension until October 2021

For the new exhibition of its collection, the MAC VAL has chosen to focus on the relationship that humanity has with its mother planet, a relationship that is complex, ambivalent, sometimes cruel and sometimes hopeful.
Through new acquisitions by artists who are today particularly in touch with the world, but also by rediscovering older works that reflect this long-standing thought, the public will be able to consider the different views, amazed, worried, always aware that artists are always looking at the world.

To consider this acceleration of time, from the long time of geology to today's chemical time, where human action generates the precipitation of climatic reactions, we follow, like a guiding thread, the question of walking. Paintings, photographs, films and installations lead us to reflect on our relationship with the Earth, the Earth we walk on and the Earth we transform.

  • Promenade botanique: balade buissonnière, curieuse et érudite, parmi les œuvres de l’exposition « Le vent se lève ». Le principe : une œuvre, une plante et autant de possibilités de greffes, boutures et semis pour des histoires à écouter pousser ! [Le Samedi à 17h et le Dimanche à 16h / Sur inscription]
  • Spectacle : « Comparution immédiate II – Justice : une loterie nationale ? » Ils sont confrontés aux juges, procureurs de la république, avocats de la partie civile, avocats de la défense, greffiers, policiers… un seul comédien virtuose et protéiforme, Bruno Ricci, interprète la galerie de portraits. [Le Dimanche à 17h / Sur inscription]

Maison de l'Amérique latine, Paris 7e " Cárdenas, Mon ombre après minuit " - Extension until December 2020

Commissioner: Elena Malagodi, assisted by Atawal Cárdenas

The Maison de l'Amérique latine in Paris dedicates its new exhibition to the Cuban artist Agustin Cárdenas (1927-2001).
Considered one of the great sculptors of the 20th century, it is less known that he was a painter and draughtsman of the first magnitude as was Giacometti, with the same obsessive search for the mysterious truth of form. Indeed, although Cárdenas's sculpture has made him internationally renowned, his drawings and painting have rarely been given pride of place and prominence, and this is what the House of Latin America will reveal with this exhibition.

Throughout his life, Cárdenas never stopped drawing, tirelessly, often spontaneously, on all kinds of supports. This is what the Maison de l'Amérique latine is trying to demonstrate through a hundred drawings, gouaches, paintings and a few sculptures - including "Mon Ombre après minuit" -, mostly made in Paris, where the Cuban artist lived from 1955 onwards. Like the sculptural work, this ensemble bears witness to a sensual and flamboyant imagination, a poetic vision of the world that is sometimes dramatic and sometimes tinged with humour.


The Monumental Forest - Rouen Normandy Metropolis - Until September 2021

La forêt Verte (state-owned forest around Rouen) offers some of its groves in the hands of artists, architects and designers who have just been selected by a jury to create an original exhibition of monumental art blending art and nature.
The Monumental Forest proposes, in the form of a sustainable and fun biennial art festival, the creation of a route in the middle of the Green Forest which draws its originality from the creation of artistic works adapted to the forest. This biennial invites young and old alike to stroll from surprise to discovery, in complete autonomy.

A unusual exhibition that gives you something to observe and think about or just to breathe in the heart of this monumental green lung.


  • Musée de l'Image, Épinal: "Wolf! Who are you? "Until September 20, 2020

"Wolf! Who are you? "At the mere mention of his name, some people shudder already. It's difficult, today, to take an objective look at an animal about whom so much has been said and meditated. How was the wolf myth constructed? On what basis was the famous "fear of the wolf" forged in the West?
The Musée de l'image invites you to discover the cultural adventure of this animal through the study of popular French prints: testimonies of the way the wolf was seen, these images are also, by their large audience, powerful agents of construction and diffusion of the myth. Other works from the scholarly culture enrich the exhibition's itinerary. 

  • Musée Unterlinden, Colmar :

Restoration of the Issenheim Altarpiece - Until the end of 2021

Regularly maintained and revered since the 18th century, the Issenheim Altarpiece, a veritable treasure of the Musée Unterlinden collection, is today the subject of an exceptional restoration project led by a steering and scientific committee chaired by Blandine Chavanne, acting head of the French Museums Service, and Thierry Cahn, president of the Schongauer Society.

The work began in September 2018 with the restoration of the sculptures, which were transported to the workshop of the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF) in Paris. The team of restorers of the painted panels and frames began work in November 2018, directly in front of visitors in the chapel at the Musée Unterlinden.
Several restoration campaigns follow one another every year.

  • "With hands and eyes. Michel Paysant" - Extension until the end of August 2020

Conceived as an encounter between art and science, the exhibition "De mains et d'yeux" is the result of a collaboration between the Musée Unterlinden and the scientific programme "Creation, Cognition, Society" of the Université Paris Sciences et Lettres, developed as part of the restoration of the Issenheiment Altarpiece, which has been underway since 2018.

The research team is studying the way in which the visitor's gaze is guided by the shapes, colours and light of Grünewald's painted panels. To record eye movements, the researchers are using a set of techniques known as seye tracking (oculometry). This allows them to see how a painting is looked at and to identify the elements that catch the eye most strongly.
In this context, the exhibition by Michel Paysant, an artist with a passion for classical and experimental drawing, is the indispensable artistic counterpart to this scientific approach. Its title, "De mains et d'yeux", is to be taken literally, the drawings having been drawn by the artist's eyes thanks to the oculometer.

New Aquitaine

FRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine MECA, Bordeaux "Narcisseou la fleurison des Mondes" - Extension until August 22nd, 2020

The omnipresence of flowers in contemporary art is a sign of the profound renewal of a subject most often considered ornamental. The flower is a powerful matrix that makes up three-quarters of plant biodiversity, produces air, vegetable and fruit.

It is this necessary, essential link that artists such as Bas Jan Ader, Yto Barrada, John Giorno, Camille Henrot, Suzanne Husky, Jeff Koons, Suzanne Lafont, Thu-VanTran, Lois Weinberger, and many others, interpret and reinvest today through new eyes.

The exhibition "Narcissus or the Flowering of Worlds", which brings together about a hundred works, questions the hierarchy of artistic genres and the manufacture of industrial life. It highlights new sources of inspiration such as the eco-feminist movement or recent approaches to philosophy and science. Whether through morphogenesis, the "flower being" or wild thought, artists multiply the points of friction with this still largely unknown flower, of which only a fifth has been researched.


Archetypal 19th century mining town, the Cité des Electricians is a remarkable place, witnessing the social history of its region. The rehabilitation of this monument of everyday life is intended to make it a witness to a past life and activity, while giving it an innovative dimension.

Cette ancienne cité minière est ainsi transformée en un lieu de vie (habitat social subsistant et gîtes touristiques), de découverte du patrimoine minier (centre d’interprétation), et de création (résidences d’artiste, espace d’exposition temporaire) pour le XXIe siècle.

The Cité des Electricians was built by the Bruay Mining Company between 1856 and 1861 to house the families of the miners working in pit no. 1. It is the oldest surviving mining town in the Pas-de-Calais and constitutes a real turning point in the history of workers' housing. It bears witness to the architecture of the first coroners at the end of the 19th century, still influenced by the architecture of the farmhouses, and is thus an exceptional example of the atmosphere of the first mining towns.

Inscribed as a Historic Monument in 2009, the City becomes on June 30, 2012 one of the five major sites of the inscription of the Mining Basin on the UNESCO World Heritage List under the title of "Cultural, evolving and living landscape".

  • "When Design Visits Heritage" - Extended to November 1, 2020

Presented in the exhibition spaces of its "Maison d'ingénieur", the new exhibition at the Cité des Électriciens offers a reflection on mining heritage and how it can influence the creativity of young designers. No less than thirty of them have responded to the call of the exhibition's designers, the Æquo collective . This collective offers visitors a stroll through an imaginary mining interior mixing ancient and contemporary objects, inviting them to realize that design is inseparable from housing, and even from the mining habitat.

37e édition des Journées européennes du patrimoine – 19 et 20 septembre :


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Header photo : Work of Francois Arnawout for the Monumental Forest / Normandy

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