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 the 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, the multicoloured glass creates playful light effects inside 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 which you can actually walk through and around. Besides Daniel Buren’s work, the MRAC has a vast collection that they rotate regularly. This rotating collection contains more than 450 works and is named after the artwork “La Pergola” by Pierre Leguillon. When you walk up the stairs, you will immediately see his assembly of thirty fabrics. All of them with 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 will never get bored. The museum invited several artists to create pieces for the current exhibition “La Complainte du Progrès”, meaning “The Lament of Progress”. The artworks are an exploration of their relationship with consumption and communication in our current society. Not only with a critical eye, but also with a humorous one.
Strong and impressive
The other exhibition has a completely different subject. The installation “Gifts to Kings” from Lubaina Himid displays 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. Combined with the music and the storytelling in the background, I think it is a very strong, impressive installation. And it completely fits in with this beautiful museum.