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Le Magasin

The National Contemporary Art Centre of Grenoble, named MAGASIN opened in April 1986. It is a national and international exhibition venue. Open to contemporary creation in all its diversity, it has a forward-looking stance.

The MAGASIN of Grenoble is a non-profit organization, supported by the State, the Regional Council of Rhône-Alpes, the General Council of Isère, and the City of Grenoble. A 12 person team works permanently at MAGASIN. The Director is Yves Aupetitallot, since 1996.

The name « MAGASIN » is linked to the history of the building in which it is located. The National Contemporary Art Centre is housed in a 3000 m2 industrial hall built in 1900 by the Gustave Eiffel workshops for the Paris World Fair. Bought by Bouchayer-Viallet Ltd from Grenoble, working in the area of hydroelectric equipment, the iron structure was dismantled, transported and reassembled. From 1970 to 1975, the building was used as a warehouse (MAGASIN in French). MAGASIN, written on the blue metallic door, has been conserved and became the name and the logotype of the National Contemporary Art Centre of Grenoble.

The art centre’s architectural plan was designed by the architect Patrick Bouchain.
The design team opted for a small scale intervention on the building. The metal structure, the roofing and glass panes were restored to their original state. The vast space under the glass roof of the hall (900 m2 and 21m high) allows huge “in situ


David Altmejd
Exhibit from February 1 – April 26, 2009

For the first time in France, the works of Canadian artist David Altmejd will be exhibited at “Le Magasin”, with an installation originally conceived for the Denver Contemporary Art Museum (October 28 2007 – May 11 2008), which was then added to the collection of Walter Vanhaerents in Brussels.

The installation consists of six sculptures, each several meters in height. Each sculpture has a schematic base composed of geometric forms, culminating in a biomorphic composite of a werewolf; the legendary half-man, half-beast, emblematic of the oxymoron with which Altmejd’s work plays. The giant sculptures are also symbolic in the materials used. Cold glass and metal, the artist’s favored materials, contrast with natural elements or residues from living materials. The sculptures will be installed in the central gallery, with a labyrinthine hallway covered in mirrors leading to and from the installation.

As a Visual Arts student at the University of Quebec in Montreal, David Altmejd was also interested in the biological sciences. His works reflect this, as well as many references to cinema and science fiction. He developed his own “personal mythology” from these references which he displays. “From the beginning, I wanted to do something completely different, completely bizarre, and at the same time very seductive, at a time when being seductive isn’t really in fashion. Some say that it isn’t art’s role to be seductive. But why can films be visually magnificent, and not sculpture?” – David Altmejd.

Previous Exhibitions

Espèces d’espace
October 12, 2008 – January 4th, 2009
Le Magasin - National Centre for Contemporary Art in Grenoble dedicates an exhibition and a publication to the 80s’ decade .
The exhibition’s line will enable a discovery or re-discovery of a few artists, or, for those whose work is very visible, rare pieces, lesser known or yet to be unravelled.

John M. Armleder, Günther Förg, Philippe Cazal / Jacques Fournet, Thomas Schütte, Allan Mc Collum, James Casebere, James Welling, Thomas Struth, Ludger Gerdes, Bernard Bazile, Laurie Simmons, Haim Steinbach, Bertrand Lavier, Thomas Huber, Bazile/Bustamante, Meyer Vaisman, Robin Winters, Coleen Fitzgibbon, © les readymade appartiennent à tout le monde, Christof Kohlhofer, Christy Rupp, John Ahearn, Jenny Holzer /Peter Nadin, Rebecca Howland, David Robbins, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff, Tom Warren, IFP, Stephan Eins, Jane Dickson, John Malpede.

Sunset is a monumental installation by Andro Wekua conceived specially for the La Rue space of Le Magasin. It is an assemblage of 170 ceramic tiles bearing a motif originally drawn by the artist, then enlarged 600 times and silkscreened onto the surface of the tiles. The image of a sunset as perfect colour stands as a façade borne and supported by a metal structure.

I Love the Horizon is a group show proposed by Andro Wekua with the help of Daniel Baumann. It features works by Rita Ackermann, Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Luis Buñuel, Xavier de Maria y Campos, Trisha Donnelly, Jannis Jaschke, Mikheil Kalatozishvili, Martin Kippenberger, Emil Michael Klein, Oliver Laric, Nick Mauss, Sergej Paradjanov, Ewa Partum, Steven Parrino, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Yv...+ [ Read all ]


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Opening hours

from Tuesday to Sunday, 2 -7 pm

Getting there

Grenoble: 3 hours from Paris (TGV), 2 hours from Turin, 2 hours from Geneva. From Grenoble train station or city centre, tramway A, stop Berriat-le Magasin.



Magasin's bookshop is open from 2 to 7 pm during exhibition time.

Museum internal and external photos (7)

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News and events

Portrait of the artist as a biker
11 October 2009 – 3 January 2010

The MAGASIN is starting its season with a portrait of the artist Olivier Mosset. The exhibition takes the form of a tribute, gathering works by different artists, but never showing Olivier Mosset’s own work. The artists are of all generations, from Carl André to Stéphane Kropf including the famous group of artists 1m3 among the youngest. As a key figure of the artistic scene and part of a family with the same artistic sensitivity, Olivier Mosset keeps close links with them. He collects or swaps works with them. He has today gathered an important collection, most of which was offered to the Musée de la Chaux-de-Fonds. Other works are to be found at the MAMCO in Geneva, the Consortium in Dijon and in Tucson.

The exhibition aims at drawing a portrait of the artist through a series of rooms organized around different specific subjects. A first room will introduce his roots, with Chardin’s engravings (given each year by his grandfather to his colleagues), or Gregoire Müller’s portrait. Another one will highlight portraits of Olivier Mosset with Steven Parrino’s photographs of him and acrylic paintings by Walter Steding. Another room will reveal quotations, borrowings and copies (from Hugo Pernet in particular). The following rooms will show monochrome paintings, floor-based works, and the indestructible link between Olivier Mosset and the bikers world.


Guided Visits

For individuals, every Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. Free, with entrance ticket. Guided tours for families every Sundays or holy days at 3 pm.
For groups, on appointment (+33 476 21 65 25). Free for school groups. 34 € + 2 € per person for a 10-25 persons' group.