ROGER-QUILLIOT ART MUSEUM
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The 17th century Ursuline convent has been revisited by Claude Gaillard and Adrien Fainsilber, architects. Around the atrium and its glass roof, walkways link a thousand years of art history. The collections include pieces from the region, paintings from the Paris school (Buffet, Laurencin), enriched by temporary exhibitions and a documentation centre. Activities include visits for families, a MuseoGames bag and a mobile application called "Les Chefs-d'œuvre du MARQ".
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Closed on Mondays, January 1, May 1, November 1 and December 25. Open Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm; weekends and public holidays from 10 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm. Free up to 18 years old. Animation / Adult workshop: 15 € per session including the entrance fee / 10 € per session for those with free entrance. Animation / Workshop for young people: 5 € per session. Discovery Pass: 10 €, valid for 1 year, entitles the holder to one admission to each museum in the city. Museums Pass: 20 €, it gives unlimited access for one year to all metropolitan museums. Full price: 5 €. Reduced rate : 3 €. Children welcome. Guided tour. Shop. Animations.
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The different eras
Opened in 1992 and bearing the name of the mayor under whose authority its creation was decided, the Roger-Quilliot Art Museum is housed in the 17th and 18th century buildings of a former Ursuline convent located against the ramparts of the historic centre of Montferrand. It became a major seminary in the 19th century, then a military hospital and barracks in the 20th century, and was finally acquired by the city of Clermont-Ferrand. It is to the architects Adrien Fainsilber (Cité des Sciences and La Villette in Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art in Strasbourg) and Claude Gaillard that we owe the transformation of the site. They have endeavoured to enhance the old parts of the site while adding contemporary touches. For example, the reception atrium was created in an interior courtyard that was covered by a large glass roof with an inverted umbrella. From there, ramps lead to the exhibition spaces. Organised on six levels around the atrium, the collections of paintings, sculptures, decorative objects, drawings and photographs are displayed in a chronological sequence, with pieces dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Medieval period. The rooms devoted to the medieval period show pieces of Auvergne and Limousin origin such as Roman capitals, polychrome wooden virgins, enamels, goldsmiths' creations, or an exceptional painting on wood, the Ennezat Frieze (13th century).
Renaissance. In the Renaissance period, several paintings by Gillis Van Valkenborsch (The Feast of Balthazar), the master of the Prodigal Son (The Parable of the Feast)... The masterpiece of this section is the triptych of The Passion of Christ attributed to the master of Engelbretz. The painting becomes monumental when we reach the 17th century. Here, twelve works on the theme of "Roland furious", after Ariosto, which adorned the walls of Effiat Castle, follow one another. Other paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries catch the eye, including those by Philippe de Champaigne (Portrait of the poet Vincent Voiture, Angel of the Annunciation), Simon Vouet, Jacques Blanchard, Jean Daret, David Ryckaerts III (Ronde des farfadets), François Boucher (Les Lavandières), Augustin Pajou (series of the Great Men of France, including Blaise Pascal from Clermont-Ferrand), François Callet (Portrait of Louis XVI), Il Sassoferrato (Virgin of Sorrow), Joseph Duplessis, François Puget, Hyacinthe Rigaud, Donato Créti, Evariste Fragonard (Don Juan, Zerlina and Donna Elvira), Joseph Vernet..
19th and early 20th century. All the artistic trends of French painting in the 19th and early 20th centuries are then presented with paintings by Prosper Marilhat, Jean Desbrosses, Théodore Regnault (The Death of General Desaix), Eugène Deveria, Théodore Chassériau (The Defence of Gaul)..
Impressionism is notably represented through works painted in Auvergne by Armand Guillaumin, Albert Lebourg, Abbé Boudal or Victor Charreton. Sculptures are displayed alongside these paintings. Here again, the variety of styles is evident: Jacques Chinard (General Desaix dying) is not far from Camille Claudel (Portrait of Louise). You can also see a plaster cast by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi who prefigured the monumental equestrian statue Vercingétorix victorious which is on the Place de Jaude in Clermont-Ferrand.
The art of the 20th century can be discovered under a rotunda located off the course. The first level is dedicated to the Simone and Maurice Combe collection, collectors of figurative works, while a second level is devoted to photography and graphic arts. In this part of the museum, creations by Bernard Buffet, Eugène Carrière, François Desnoyer, etc. are kept
The contemporary photographic collection is also on display, including works by Édouard Pignon and Nils Udo, which reflect on the landscape and the environment.
We should also mention the thematic approaches: a room in the museum is dedicated to Blaise Pascal. You can discover the life, philosophical and literary work and posterity of this illustrious Clermont-Ferrand native through the arts. There is also a thematic display entitled "The artist and his muses" which brings together works from the 18th to the 20th century. Sculptures (Berthoud, Fayard...), paintings or lithographs evoke the fields of philosophy, epic, poetry, music and theatre.
Finally, you should know that the museum regularly organizes temporary exhibitions, among others on the regional heritage and thematic visits.
Visits for children: games are organised to accompany the visit of children from the age of 4 (Tribe tour). A special area is dedicated to them, the "MARQ, mode d'emploi": a wall of expression, giant colouring, manipulations, art albums and magazines for all ages, and videos allow children (and their parents!) to learn about art history. For teenagers, the museum has also published the journal MUSEO to discover the museum in comics. For families, on the first Wednesday of the month, the mediators offer a guided tour through a pictorial genre, followed by a workshop and a snack; during the school holidays, discovery and artistic practice workshops are available for children aged 3 to 11.
Temporary exhibition: "The Art of Islam, a past for a present - from 20/11/20221 to 27/03/2022
The Réunion des Musées Nationaux and the Louvre Museum propose the "Arts of Islam" project. 18 exhibitions in 18 cities in France are presented to the public, to give a new look at the arts and cultures of Islam.
Since its creation in 2012, the Louvre's Department of Islamic Arts has been offering the public an immersion in Islamic cultures, from Spain to India, from the 7th to the 19th century, and revealing the importance of the long-standing, close and fruitful exchanges between France and the Orient. Artistic and historical witnesses, the works of art illustrate the cultural and confessional diversity within the Islamic world for thirteen centuries. They reflect the circulation of ideas and people, but also the plural heritage of French culture.
In the face of religious fanaticism, culture must be a bulwark and a lever to transmit, to open up to others, to give the keys to understanding crossed pasts to build a shared future. With this in mind, the Ministry of Culture has asked the Louvre Museum and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Grand Palais to organise a project in the autumn of 2021, aimed at a very broad public, and at young people in particular, to take a new look at the arts and cultures of Islam.
One theme dominates the Clermont-Ferrand exhibition, thanks in part to the combination of the collections of the Bargoin Museum and the Roger-Quilliot Art Museum of Clermont Auvergne Métropole around textiles. The importance of this art in Islam is well known, from the very beginning, but the great period of influence of textile decorations in carpets, silks and velvets from Morocco to India is concentrated between the 16th and 19th centuries.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CULTURAL PROGRAMME
- Musical afternoon with the duo Escales, Malik ADDA, percussions and Stéphanie Prevot, flutes.
- Calligraphy workshops for teenagers and adults, led by the artist Najib Chergui-Darif.
Saturdays 27/11, 11/12, 26/02 and 19/03
- Nocturne with the screening of 3 short films by Reza Riahi, Sébastien Bailly and Abdenoure Ziane (in partnership with the International Short Film Festival of Clermont-Ferrand).
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