Re-opening of the Musée de Pont-Aven

  • Gardens

    Gardens

    © Musée de Pont-Aven - Dominique Leroux

  • view on the original Pont Aven museum

    view on the original Pont Aven museum

    © Musée de Pont-Aven - Dominique Leroux

  • Paul Gauguin, "Aimez-vous lers uns les autres"

    Paul Gauguin, "Aimez-vous lers uns les autres"

    © Musée de Pont-Aven

  • Paul Gauguin, "Les drames de la mer"

    Paul Gauguin, "Les drames de la mer"

    © Musée de Pont-Aven

  • Emile Bernard, "Paysage de Pont-Aven"

    Emile Bernard, "Paysage de Pont-Aven"

    © Musée de Pont-Aven

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Re-opening of the Musée de Pont-Aven Place Hôtel de ville 29930 Pont-Aven fr

Situated on the tip of Brittany, the town known as the “city of painters” is proud to have been the home of the Pont-Aven school of painters (1886-1894). The renovated and extended Musée de Pont-Aven now provides even more information on the history of these painters, especially that of the famous Paul Gauguin. The museum is scheduled to re-open in spring 2016.

Back in the 19th century, this small town had such rural charm that it attracted artists from all around the world who came here in the summer months looking for inspiration. The artists were spellbound by the region’s light, by its meandering Aven river, and by the local inhabitants and their customs, all of which were appealing in their simplicity.

Be bold with the use of colour, don’t be limited by reality and pare images down to the essential – these were the ideas which inspired artists such as Paul Gauguin and his contemporaries, including Émile Bernard (1868-1941), Paul Sérusier (1864-1927) and Émile Jourdan (1860-1931).

850 works of art by these masters from the Pont-Aven school (around a dozen artists) were already exhibited in the town centre both in the former annexe of the Hôtel Julia and in a contemporary structure built in 1984.

First museum in the world dedicated to the Pont-Aven school

Now renovated and extended, the museum comprises 2,000m² of exhibition space (twice the size of the old museum) and is the first museum in the world dedicated to the Pont-Aven school, bringing together a collection of realist and synthetic paintings.

The exterior of the museum has also undergone major renovation and now offers a delightful garden (see slide show) inspired by a work by Charles Filiger “Rocky landscape, Le Pouldu”. The plants chosen for this haven of greenery also evoke the Breton landscapes which have fed the imagination of this painter.

In addition to exhibiting paintings by the Pont-Aven school, the museum also displays works of contemporary art during its many temporary exhibitions.

Address

 

Musée de Pont-Aven
Place de l' Hôtel de ville
29930 Pont-Aven

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