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The Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon is a museum devoted to contemporary art, located in the 6th arrondissement of Lyon, in the Cité Internationale, next to the cinema, in front of the Parc de la Tête d'Or. It had over 42,000 visitors in 2007.

Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon
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Facade of the museum
Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon is located in Metropole de Lyon
Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon
Location within Metropole de Lyon
General information
Architectural style1930s / modern
Location81, quai Charles de Gaules, 6th arrondissement of Lyon, Lyon, France
Coordinates45°47′03″N 4°51′09″E / 45.78417°N 4.85250°E / 45.78417; 4.85250Coordinates: 45°47′03″N 4°51′09″E / 45.78417°N 4.85250°E / 45.78417; 4.85250
Construction started1984 (in the Musée des Beaux-Arts)
1995 (Cité Internationale)
Design and construction
ArchitectRenzo Piano



The decision to create the museum occurred in 1983 and was organized in 1984, but at the time it was housed in the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and was named Musée Saint-Pierre art contemporain. In 1988, it officially received the status of contemporary art museum granted by the Direction des Musées de France.[1] In 1995, it moved to the 6th arrondissement in a building designed by Renzo Piano. It was inaugurated on 19 December of the same year and welcomed nearly 130,000 visitors during the two months of the 3rd Biennial of Lyon.[2]

The building has both a 1930s facade and a modern brick volume. It has two side entrances and a 2700 sq.m. area. It has organized over a hundred exhibitions.[2]

The museum's philosophy is to present works created by artists directly on the site. The permanent collection, which is the largest European group installations ever assembled in a museum, alternates with temporary exhibitions. Between each exhibition, a nearly six-month closure per year is necessary to put in place the future exhibition.[3]

The museum has now become the symbol of "an open city and an uninhibited art". According to director Thierry Raspail, its funding is mainly directed by the city of Lyon, and 5% by the State.[4]



  1. ^ Mairie de Lyon (2004). Zoom rive gauche — Lire la ville en creux et en relief — Lieux, sites et acteurs du patrimoine (in French). Mission site historique de la ville de Lyon. p. 34.
  2. ^ a b "6eme arrondissement > Sorties et loisirs > Musées > Musée d'Art Contemporain" (in French). Lyon. Retrieved 12 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Musée d'art contemporain" (in French). Culture Lyon. Retrieved 12 June 2010.
  4. ^ Yadan, Thomas (December 2008). "Interview de Thierry Raspail, directeur du Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon" (in French). Evene. Retrieved 12 June 2010.

Further readingEdit

  • Nancy Marmer, "French Blues: The Lyon Biennial," Art in America, December 1991, pp. 70–77, 133.

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