In the early 2000’s, a vote was held for the construction of the museum, which opened in May 2014. The construction of the building was entrusted to the Catalan cabinet RCR arquitectes (Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta). The exteriors of the building deploy a belted corten steel façade, embellished with a rusty patina effect.
From June 22th to November 3rd, there will be a presentation about Yves Klein, Monopainter and its particular ultramarine blue that will compete with Soulages’ deep black tones! The museum also houses the Michel Bras café, voted by the profession “most influential chef in the world” in 2017. You will enjoy the local “tripous”(animal guts), Mas liver pâté and fouace, a traditional regional cake scented with orange blossom.
On the occasion of the exhibition opening, seven great Aveyron chefs paid tribute to the centenary artist by creating a dessert exclusively made of fouace, cheese and gentian. The apprentice cooks of the Chamber of Crafts in Aveyron also contributed to this culinary event.
The Imaginary Museum of Pierre Soulages
It is at the Fenaille museum that Pierre Soulages experienced his first emotions facing the world of archeology:
“The traditional painting did not interest me, I preferred the painting of the caves that made its way very slowly in me …”
The exhibition introduced at the museum underlines the artist’s deep attachment to prehistoric and roman art, not forgetting the primitive and popular arts. The creation of Soulages has been nourished by all these eras and this imaginary museum, which will open its doors on June 14th. It will guide the public in the footsteps of Soulages’ personal creations, rooted in the history of humanity.
The cathedral of Rodez between pink sandstone and illuminations
This artist, born in Mexico and a graduate in art and archeology at the Sorbonne, uses computers as a means of expression in the field of visual arts. His artistic projects have been appreciated on many occasions in various public and architectural spaces. Very inspired by the action painting of the painter Jackson Pollock, Miguel Chevalier has put in the bridge the electronic dripping.
The Cathedral Notre-Dame de Rodez, which this great artist will honor in August, urgently deserves the attention of heritage institutions for its restoration.
Discover the stained glass windows of Soulages in Conques
Conques, important step of the way of Compostelle is today classified among the Most Beautiful Villages of France. Its abbey, Sainte-Foy de Conques constitutes one of the major buildings of the Roman art according to the model of the large churches of pilgrimage.
The lower floor of the abbey brings together a hundred decorative capitals mainly engraved with vegetal representations.
The art of sculpture will be the most accomplished in the achievements of the master of the Tympanum of the last judgment.
Throughout the summer period, the Nocturnes de Conques will illuminate the 12th century tympanum and its 124 carved figures. This show wrapped in silence, is the open book of angels stories, elected and demons that come alive in color before our eyes. In 1986, the Ministry of Culture offered Pierre Soulages to make a public order of 104 stained glass windows for the Sainte-Foy church in Conques. Soulages admitted that “Conques was the place of his first artistic emotions “.
In partnership with the master glassmaker Jean -Dominique Fleury, Pierre Soulages will begin careful research on obtaining a translucent glass. It will take nearly 400 tests before reaching the expected result. From this unprecedented experience of rendering light in this religious space, the artist concludes:
“It is light and material that it crosses that should be born forms and their organization“.
How to get there:
In the department of Aveyron, Occitanie, Rodez is located in the heart of the triangle Clermont-Ferrand, Toulouse and Montpellier.
Rodez-Aveyron airport 20 minutes from the city center and Soulages museum.
The company provides daily connections PARIS-RODEZ
By train (to reduce your carbon footprint)
***** Soulages Museum
Yves Klein exhibition. Blue screams …
From June 22 to November 3, 2019
Garden of Foirail, Avenue Victor Hugo, 12000 Rodez
Pierre Soulages exhibition-An imaginary museum
from June 14 to November 10, 2019.
Tel: 05 65 73 84 30
14 place Raynaldy, 12000 Rodez
Miguel Chevalier -Digital Supernova 2019 at the Cathedral of Rodez
Every evening from 8 to 18 August 2019. Free admission from 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm
Information: Tourist Office of Rodez-www.rodez-tourisme.fr/
Tel +33 (0) 05 65 75 76 77
***** Where to stay in Conques:
Tel: +33 (0) 5 65 69 84 03
Abbey and Nocturnes of Conques:
reservations & information:
Tel: +33 (0) 5 65 72 85 00
Music to discover:
Musical programming at the Abbey Church of Conques
Association for the Economic and Cultural Development of Conques. www.centre-europeen.com
Tourist Office of Conques-Marcillac