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Musée D'Art Moderne De Saint-Etienne Métropole

The Musée d‘Art Moderne de Saint Etienne Métropole, which is founded on the collections of the Musée d’Art et d’Industrie, became a part of the Saint Etienne Métropole agglomeration in January 2001.

It currently holds one of France’s most important collections of modern and contemporary art, with work from the beginning of the twentieth century to current trends. Constituted in 1947, the collection is one of the few which has witnessed western art’s complex transition into the industrial era, and whose policy of acquisition has been consistently focused on contemporary art, under the direction of the museum directors Maurice Allemand and later Bernard Ceysson.

Since the museum’s opening in 1987, its collection has included areas dedicated to design and photography, making it, along with the Musée national d’art moderne, one of the only museums to cover twentieth century art practice in all its range and diversity.

The museum has benefited from several donations, particularly those of Vicky Rémy, Francois and Ninon Robelin, and the Caisse des Dépots, and today gives particular attention to young artists and new media in its process of acquisition.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

The museum’s collections of over 15 000 works bring together several vast domains of art practice, and includes deposits from the Musee National d’Art Moderne, the Fonds National d’Art contemporain and the Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain Rhone-Alpes.
Painting, sculpture, drawing, design and installation are all well represented in the museum’s regularly renewed presentation.

The majority of the works in the collection belong to the twentieth century, from Claude Monet to the contemporary, such as young artist Wim Delvoye.

The museum’s photo library and documentation resources further enrich the collection.


Since the opening in 1987, the museum has held a series of large scale historic exhibitions and of contemporary art exhibitions, accompanied by published catalogue.

Under Lorand Hegvi’s direction since 2003, the scope of acquisitions has expanded to international contemporary art, allowing for exhibitions such as Passage d’Europe, and Domicile. The exhibitions alternate between thematic and monographic focus, and between established and emerging artists, such as Gilbert & George, Roman Opalka, Gloria Friedman, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Yan Pei Ming, Georg Baselitz and Orlan.

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Exhibitions (4)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

23 February - 26 May 2013
- Charlotte Perriand et Le Japon (Charlotte Perriand and Japan)
- Barthélémy TOGUO
- Christian Lhopital : Splendeur et Désolation (Christan Lhopital: Splendor And Desolation)


Museum entry 5 euros / 4 euros concessions
Entry and guided tour 6 euros / 4.50 euros concessions

Free to all public on the first Sunday of the month.

Opening hours

Every day except Tuesday, from 10am to 6pm.
Closed on January 1, May 1, July 14, 15 August, 1 November and 25 December.

Guided tours take place on Wednesdays at 2.30pm, Saturdays at 2.30pm, Sundays at 11am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm

Getting there

By motorway from Lyon or Clemont-Ferrand, take exit Saint-Etienne Nord, la Terrasse.

From Chateaucreaux train station, take tram number 5, direction Terrasse to the terminus and continue on foot, or, from Terrasse terminus take tram number 4 direction Hopital Nord to Musée d’Art Moderne.


The museum’s Jean Laude library is a member of BRISE, the Saint-Etienne internet-based library agglomeration. Currently, a third of its catalogue is viewable on

The library is open to the public on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2pm to 6pm. Please phone +33 (0) 4 77 79 97 94 .

The bookshop holds over 3 700 titles, specialising in modern and contemporary art, as well as selling children’s books and art periodicals.

The museum restaurant offers refined cuisine in a bright and pleasant space. Open every day except Monday.

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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News and events

14 September 2009-10 January 2010: L'attraction de l'espace, au fond de l'inconnu pour trouver du nouveau !
19 Septembre 2009-10 January 2010: Pierre Coulibeuf, Dans le labyrinthe
19 September 2009-10 January 2010: Marina Perez Simao, Black Birds


Guided tours can be arranged for groups outside of normal opening hours according to the needs of the group.

These visits cost 5 euros per person before 6pm, or 8 euros after.
Groups must consist of 10 people or more.

Special guided tours for disabled visitors and senior citizens also available.

Please contact Dominique on +33 (0) 4 77 79 70 70 or to make a booking.


Workshops for children run during school holidays, for 6-12 year olds and 12-17 year olds. These allow young people to discover contemporary art and put a range of techniques in to practice.


Two forms of adult workshops are provided:
- exploration of a current exhibition, on the first Sunday of each month
- the development of a technical skill, on the third Sunday of each month


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