Le Cateau-Cambrésis


Palais Fénelon
Le Cateau-Cambrésis
Phone: +33 (0) 3 27 84 64 50
Fax: +33 (0) 3 27 84 64 54
Website: www.cg59.fr

Musée Départemental Matisse Du Cateau Cambresis

The Musée Départemental Matisse du Cateau-Cambresis has been housed in the Palais Fénelon since 1982. It became a departemental institution in 1992, and, in 2002, re-opened after major renovation works. The collection is comprised of 170 of Matisse’s works, 65 works by Herbin, 11 by Genevieve Claisse, a substantial engravings and book collection by Tériade, and 30 photos by Henri Cartier Bresson.


25 March – 17 June 2007
The work of Georges Rouault takes us into a decadent early twentieth century society, through caricature portraits of clowns, nudes and troubadours. Roualt began his career with Matisse in the studio of symbolist painter Gustave Moreau during the 1890s. This exhibition serves as a meeting and confrontation between the fundamentally different approach of the two artists to life and art; Roualt presenting the misery and foolishness of man, Matisse in search of the profound balance of beauty.
The exhibition is organised with the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and benefits from the support of la Fondation Georges Rouault.

25 March – 17 June 2007
The museum if giving a carte blanche to the Manufacture nationale de Sevres from the 25 March to the 17 June 2007.
The museum chose to invite the Manufacture to conceive the hanging of a selection of contemporary productions following the exhibition Monique Frydman, la couleur tissée (shown at the museum in 2006), when a prototype for a porcelain piece from the Sevres studios was presented.
The Manufacture nationale de Sevres, founded in Vincennes in 1740 and moved to Sevres in 1756, is part of the government ministry of Culture and Communication. Its mission consists of producing porcelain art objects by employing manual methods that have been passed through generations since the eighteenth century.
The exhibition En Deux Temps is consecrated specifically to contemporary ceramic creation from the beginning of the twentieth century to today, presented in two parts (1930 to 1980 and 1980 to the present).
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Exhibitions (1)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Norman Dilworth
7 July – 30 September 2007

27 October 2007 – 2 March 2008


An entrance ticket includes an individual audio guide and access to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.
Full price 4,50 euros
Concessions 3,00 euros (groups of 15 or more, students, over 60s, Carte avantage holders, job seekers, friends of the museum)
Concession price available on display of a train ticket from Paris to Le Cateau
Free entry to under 18s, group accompaniers, CMU beneficiaries.
Free to all on the first Sunday of the month, Journées Patrimoine and Primtemps de Musées.

Opening hours

Open daily from 10am to 6pm
Closed on Tuesdays
Closed on January 1, 22 September and 25 December

Getting there

By train, the Corail Intercités Paris-Nord / Mauberge stops at Le Cateau-Cambrésis, via Compiegne and Saint-Quentin.
Every Saturday and Sunday:
The train Corail Intercités n° 12313 departs from Paris-Nord at 10.37am, arriving at Le Cateau at 12.13pm. At 12.20pm, there is a shuttle bus from the train station to the bus station situated 300m from the museum.
The train corail Intercités n° 12338 departs from Le Cateau at 7.16pm and arrives at Paris-Nord at 8.53pm. The shuttle bus from the bus station to Le Cateau train station departs at 7pm.
On Sunday only:
A supplementary return train operates, Train Corail Intercités n° 12342 departs from Le Cateau at 8.12pm and arrives at Paris-Nord at 9.50pm. The shuttle bus leaves the bus station at 7.55pm.
Train ticket holders benefit from concession price entry to the museum.
The shuttle bus costs 1 euro.

Le Cateau-Cambrésis is located in the department of the Nord, 30km from Valenciennes, Cambrai and Saint-Quentin.

From Paris, take the motorway Paris-Cambrai (A1 and A2), and then the RN 42 from Cambrai to Cateau-Cambrésis.
From Lille or Brussels, take the motorway to Valenciennes (Cateau-Cambrésis exit) and then the RN355


The museum is completely accessible to disabled visitors.
The museum houses an arts studio, book shop, café, conference room , video library, audio guides, childrens’ activities and interactive information points.

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Group guided tours cost 80 euros.
Group guided tours for schools cost 50 euros.
Reservations to be made by phoning +33 (0) 3 27 84 64 64 or faxing +33 (0) 3 27 84 64 65
Visits in English, Spanish, Dutch and German available.


Children’s workshops must be booked on +33 (0) 3 27 84 64 64