TO DO | MUSEUM
It has been a while since I visited the “Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain” in Sérignan. Shame on me, because this contemporary art museum is such an inspirational place. Besides the vast collection, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions encompassing 3,200 square meters. Time to inhale some culture!
The MRAC, abbreviation for Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain, is renowned for its spot on contemporary art collection. Not only in Languedoc but also well outside its borders! When entering the modern building, it is hard to believe that the museum is constructed in a former wine cellar. The bright and colourful windows add to the contemporary look. Created by Daniel Buren, these multicoloured glass parts create playful effects on the in and outside.
Daniel Buren also designed “La Cabane Éclatée aux Caissons Lumineux Colorés”, which is part of the permanent collection. This “Cabin of Colourful Light Boxes” is a wonderful piece of art where you can actually walk through and around. Besides the work of Daniel Buren, the MRAC has a vast collection that regularly rotates. This rotating collection contains more than 450 works and is named after the artwork “La Pergola” of Pierre Leguillon. When you walk the stairs, you will immediately see the assembly of thirty fabrics. All of them have a different print as well as a different story.
The MRAC’s temporary exhibitions are certainly worth keeping an eye on as well. They change regularly, so you never get bored. Several artists got invited to create for the current exhibition “La Complainte du Progrès”, meaning “The Lament of Progress”. The artworks are an exploration of their relationship with our consumption and communication society. Not only with a critical eye, but humour is also allowed.
Strong and impressive
The other exhibition has a completely different subject. The installation “Gifts to Kings” from Lubaina Himid shows life-size painted wooden cut-out characters. It tells the story of slaves and servants, but it also questions colonialism and the identity of the African diaspora. Together with the music and the storytelling in the background, I think it is a very strong and impressive installation. And it completely fits in this beautiful museum.