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Fabre Museum 2016 – 2017 Exhibition

10 December 2016 @ 10 h 00 min - 28 June 2017 @ 18 h 00 min

Fabre Museum, Montpellier

Next exhibition at Fabre Museum

François Rouan – Braidings 1966 – 2016

February 3rd until April 30th, 2017

The work of François Rouan, born in Montpellier in 1943, has long been exhibited throughout the world but the artist had never been the object of a retrospective in his hometown.Exhibition François Rouan in Fabre Museum, Montpellier
The Fabre Museum wanted to highlight its work and especially what constitutes its core, painting.
It is here in Montpellier that Rouan experienced his first artistic emotions: the binding of surrealist texts, the inscription at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the first pochades on the motif on the trail of the Fauves. During his first visit to the Fabre Museum in 1957, he was overwhelmed by the discovery of masterpieces such as Les Baigneuses from Courbet, La Toilette and the Village View of Bazille. Less than ten years later, he presents a painting alongside those of some twenty young painters from the workshop of Camille Descossy in the exhibition Young painters of the Montpellier School (1966).

Since then, the artist has constantly questioned the nature of painting and delivered his vision, free and unique: “True painting is revealed where the object operates a resistance to deliver fully its image”. Marked by Matisse’s cut-out papers and his friendship with Balthus during his stay at the Villa Medici, Rouan nevertheless follows no pre-established path. The technique he developed from his beginnings around 1965, that of braiding – beyond a process, a true state of mind – is the red thread of a constantly evolving production and thinking.
The exhibition traces fifty years of a prolific work, which oscillates between an almost austere monochrome and a colorful exuberance with, in filigree, a representation of the omnipresent body. The journey of the exhibition offers a chronological vision, split in five decades from 1966 to 2016, all staked out of historical series. One can see the extent of an art in perpetual motion and one discovers there unpublished paintings, freshly painted by the artist.

But also at the same time :


Art and material, Museum Fabre Montpellier



December 10th, 2016 until June 28th, 2017


The exhibition “Art and material” in partnership with the Louvre Museum, will invite visitors in a new multi-sensory and tactile discovery of art, through a sculpture gallery to touch.

Exhibition Summer 2016 :


Exposition Frédéric Bazille au Musée FabreThis summer, the Fabre museum of Montpellier Agglomération presents the exhibition “Frédéric Bazille, youth of Impressionism”, the result of an unprecedented collaboration between the three largest collections in the world of the painter : Fabre museum, initiator of the project, Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the National Gallery of Art in Washington .

In Montpellier, birthplace of Frédéric Bazille, the first and most important stage of the traveling exhibition, nearly 120 works invite the public to immerse themselves in the work of this painter whose career had been as rapid as important in creating the future Impressionism. His inspiration and friendships will complete the course : Manet , Monet, Renoir , Sisley, Delacroix , Cezanne, Puvis , Corot, Courbet, …

“Frédéric Bazille, the Montpellier painter, is at the heart of the birth of Impressionism. Some sceneries of the city and more widely of the region are present in his paintings. The exhibition hosted at the Fabre Museum is the first three international stages, with Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. it reflects the quality of the programming of the Fabre museum which largely contributes to the influence of Montpellier as a cultural destination . ” Philippe Saurel Montpellier Mayor.

Montpellier, Paris , Washington : three steps for a prestigious international project

Three major institutions contribute to this exceptional project supported by a scientific committee composed of Michel Hilaire, director of the Fabre museum, General Heritage Curator, Paul Perrin, curator of paintings at the Musée d’Orsay and Kimberly Jones, Associate Curator in the Department of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, with the participation of Stanislas and Marie Lauzon Colodiet Cantelmi, curators at the Fabre museum.

The project also benefits from the contributions of prestigious French and foreign institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of the Petit Palais in Geneva, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York and the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo ….

The exhibition will also reveal some of the artist’s works held in private collections.

Winter 2015 – 2016 :

The Montpellier Méditerrannée Métropole Fabre museum presents the exhibition “Senufo: art and identities in western Africa”, from November 28th 2015 untill March 6th 2016.

Senufo Exhibition Fabre Museum MontpellierFor the first time since its creation, the Montpellier Mediterrannée Métropole Fabre museum welcomes an exhibition event about the African art. Through a magnificent selection of 160 pieces lent by big public and private collections from Europe and North America (masks, statues, objects, photos) of different techniques and styles, the exhibition “Senufo: art and identities in western Africa” leads the public to the heart of the initiatory societies of Poro and Sandogo in Northern Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso. This rich senufo production has been the subject of many studies since the 1930s and is today one of the most appreciated in sub-Saharan Africa.

At the beginning of the XXth century, moment when we began in Europe and in North America to see African objects as works of art rather than ethnographical artefacts, traders and collectors, but also artists of the European avant-garde (Picasso, Léger) are enthused over sculptures which will later be identified as Senufo.

International-wide, this exhibition is organized by Cleveland Museum of Art and  fed by the researches of Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi, lecturer at Emory’s university, in Atlanta. It is presented today in the Montpellier Méditerrannée  Métropole Fabre museum, within the framework of the French-American network of museums FRAME (French Regional and American Museum Exchange), after having been presented in Cleveland Museum of Art and Saint-Louis Art Museum.

As it has become inevitable in the Mediterranean arch, the Fabre museum had to present this Senufo exhibition for its unique stop in France and Europe.

Summer 2015 :

Exhibition “Art in Naples, a Golden Age” at the Fabre Museum From June 20th to October 11th 2015

For summer 2015, the Fabre museum exhibits Art in Naples a Golden Age, from June 20th to October 11th 2015.

This summer exhibition in Fabre Museum echoes to the summer 2012 exhibition on Caravaggio and which was very successful.

In the XVIIth century, Naples is the most populated city in Europe after Paris and the place for high intellectual life. Naples Painting in the XVIIth century becomes then very important in Italy and Europe, developping from Naturalism to Baroque, with two famous founders, Caravage and Ribera, who introduce naturalism in painting.

From Caravaggio’s arrival in 1606 until the triumph of Solimena just before 1700, Neapolitan painting varied between naturalistic expression and tragedy and a Baroque and sensual style of colour and movement.

Religious and mythological themes, battles, still life, and landscapes bear witness to the fertile imagination of Neapolitan painters, including some of the most famous which you can discover during summer 2015 (Caracciolo, Ribera, Stanzione, Guarino, Cavallino, Giordano, Recco, Solimena, etc).

The exhibition recalls the links between art and Naples’ turbulent history from the eruption of Vesuvius in 1631 to the Plague of 1656, by way of Masaniello’s Revolt in 1647. In collaboration with the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art and the Institut National du Patrimoine in Paris, Musée Fabre offers a broad spectrum on one of Italian art’s brightest moments.


10 December 2016 @ 10 h 00 min
28 June 2017 @ 18 h 00 min
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