The vacuousness of the surrounding spaces versus the quality of the composition
In 1827, the town council designates the architect Urbain Vitry for the slaughterhouse project. His composition is typical of early 19th century architectural programs adapted from the basilical plan. His inspiration comes from his visits to Paris and is based on the proportions of the nave of the Saint Sernin church which is planned to be restored the same year.
Monumentality, neo-classical simplicity, rationality of the plan, geometrical connections, and the hemicycle ending give this building a higher level of abstraction than an ordinary utilitarian building.
To the quality of the composition and of the built volumes, one must oppose the aridness and the distension of the surrounding spaces. The vine growing on the pergolas, the bull headed fountains, the separation low walls which one can see on Vitryâ€™s plans havenâ€™t resisted against the hard functionality of the place and the unavoidable successive alterations.
The modification of the buildingâ€™s image must...
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The collection comprises over 2200 works covering the second half of the 20th century. It is mainly constituted of paintings and graphic works, as well as a smaller group of sculptures and installations which is meant to broaden.
The collection has been considerably enlarged by the contribution of Daniel Cordierâ€™s collection (MNAM Centre Georges Pompidou deposit) and Anthony Denneyâ€™s collection. It is also opening itself to the new forms of contemporary creation by developing acquisitions, commissioned works and deposits.
The modern art collection
Centred on artists working since the 1950â€™s, it illustrates many artistic movements born after the second world war in Europe (France, Italy and Spain) as well as in Japan and in the United States: abstract expressionism, lyrical abstraction, Art Brut, informal art, Cobra, Gutai, Spatialism, Arte povera and Trans avant garde, Figuration libreâ€¦
The donation and deposit of some 50 works from the Anthony Denney collection in 1994, as well as the deposit in 1999 of 393 works from the Daniel Cordier collection by the national Museum of Modern Art-Centre Georges Pompidou bring, by the quality of the works and the artistic movements represented, a true originality and a strong historical base to the collection.
The collection of the photographer Anthony Denney (1913-1990) consists mostly of paintings from the 1950â€™s and 6...+ [ Read all ]
March 16 â€“ June 3 2007
The second chapter of Absolumental continues the subject of the previous exhibition, emphasizing more specifically on the imaginary, the phantasmagorical and even the hallucinatory aspect of the works, but also on the spectatorâ€™s loss of landmarks in time and in space.