TO DO | MUSEUM
When in Languedoc, you will be outside most of the times enjoying the good weather. There are so many outdoor activities, but this beautiful region also has some museums that are really worth a visit. Like Musée Fabre in Montpellier for example. Since its reopening in 2007, the museum attracts many art lovers to Montpellier.
Classical and modern
I visited Le Musée Fabre on a warm, sunny day. And I was really surprised by the beauty of this museum. It got completely renovated in 2007. The renovation took four years in total, and the museum now offers more than 9200 m2 of exhibition space. Although the museum hosts an important classical collection, the interior is very modern and light. Mixing this modern architecture with the original elements is very well succeeded.
Le Musée Fabre was founded by the Montpellier painter François-Xavier Fabre. Because of his generous donation, the museum could officially open in 1828. After Fabre, many other artists and collectors donated art to the museum. Today, the permanent collection hosts interesting paintings and some sculptures from the 15th century to the present day. Besides this diversity in art history, the museum is very active in presenting temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
The last important donation was made by Pierre Soulages, an abstract artist who maintains close ties with Montpellier. After the renovation of 2007, a special wing of the museum is dedicated to showing some of Soulages big paintings, also known as “Outrenoirs”. The closest translation of Outrenoirs would be “Beyond Black”, as these enormous paintings are covered with a thick layer of the blackest black paint. Because of the structure created in this layer, the light can play with it, giving the paintings a whole new dimension