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Abbaye Saint André, Centre D'art Contemporain

Since 1979, as an essential tool in the promotion of current artistic practices, the centre d’art contemporain has played the role of intermediary between artwork and spectator. It has increased the access to contemporary art for all public, be they amateurs, adults or children, and it has given them each the opportunity to evaluate work and take a personal position on it.

Each exhibition at the centre is accompanied by a specific educational activity, as well as numerous conferences, workshops and artist presentations.

Its program offers events around a different theme each year, in the domains of art, literature, theatre, environment, patrimony, music, and film.

The Centre d’art contemporain de Meymac is supported by the French Ministry of Culture, DRAC Limousin, the Limousin region, the Departement of Correze and the town of Meymac.


Oh what beautiful denial is the flow of water !
8 March – 21 June 2009

The relationship between water and art undoubtedly started with Narcissus’ perilous attempt to take hold of the power of images and therefore the power of the gaze, against the gods’ will, by stealing it from its genitor, water.

Fresh spring from springs, fountains and rivers, the mysterious water of ponds and lakes, or the unsettling, fascinating water of the sea were long considered the pretext or the ingredient, to a peaceful or dramatic pace, of culturally organised landscapes or the illustrations of mythical stories.

To this almost decorative vision of water that is either accomplice or repoussoir, contemporary artists, the sorry observers of the disappearance of the “idea of nature,” privilege - in an often amused or ironical mode - the relationship with domestic, mastered, subservient water which is a priori pragmatic, material, mainly useful and physical. Water that circulates where it’s told to, in canalisations that are sometimes doubtful, or trapped in bottles, portative, ridiculous substitutes for springs, or accumulated in aquariums or swimming pools: miniature models of the sea whose installations, playing the social role of the mirror, flatter the narcissism of their owners.

This doesn’t evacuate the magical dimensions on comes across in works which associate the scientific and the poetic, on the mode of curiosities, staging the absolute plasticity of liquid, or its astonishing transformations under the effect of the transitions of phase.

Rather swimmer or handyman than Ophelia, who do not let us forget that, on the other slope of this practical dimension, w...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (2)

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Open every day except Monday.
From September to June, from 2pm to 6pm
In July and August, from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 7pm

Getting there

From Paris: Take the A20 in the direction of Chateauroux, and then Ste Sévere, Chénérailles, Felletin, Meymac

From Lyon: Take the A89 and the Ussel Est exit

From Bordeaux: Take the N20 to Brive Nord, and then the N89 in the direction of Tulle, and then Egletons, Meymac

By Train: trains departing from Lyon, Bordeaux and Paris

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