Exhibition Site




The site
The Cité Internale of Lyon
The Musée d'Art Contemporaine of Lyon
The Musée between 1984 and 1994
The new museum


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The site

The Biennale de Lyon 95 will be presented on the site of the Cité Internationale of Lyon, in two locations which, though strictly speaking distinct, are close together: the new Musée d'Art Contemporain (3 000 m2) and the former Palais des Congrès (5 000 m2).
It will comprise several reception areas, a cafeteria, and club premises designed to receive privileged partners, as well as a shop and a bookshop.
Nearby are a variety of hotel-based services.


The Cité Internale of Lyon

The Cité Internationale, situated between park and river, is to house the Biennale. It is one of the paramount projects of French territorial planning. The first programmed phase, occupying 80,000 m2, represents an investment of FFr1.5 bn.

It includes: In 1995, the construction of the Musée d'Art Contemporain, a Conference Center (forum, auditorium, lecture hall), four office pavilions, and parking facilities
In 1996, an international hotel, four office pavilions, a 14-screen cinema complex and a 10-hectare park.


The Musée d'Art Contemporaine of Lyon

Created in 1984, the Musée d'Art Contemporain has since then been housed in the Musée des Beaux Arts. In 1995 it is moving to a new building constructed by the "Renzo Piano Building Workshop" (Architect of the Centre Pompidou, Paris).


The Musée between 1984 and 1994

Exhibitions and publications between 1984 and 1994:
178 exhibitions were mounted between 1984 and 1994, i.e. an average of 16 exhibitions per year.
Some examples of monographic exhibitions: Edward Ruscha, Mimmo Paladino, Dan Flavin, Joseph Kosuth, Daniel Buren, Per Kirkeby, Sol LeWitt, Giuseppe Anselmo, Allan Charlton, Louise Bourgeois.
Thematic exhibitions: La Couleur Seule, l'Expérience du Monochrome; Status of Sculpture; Collection Ludwig; Collection Panza, etc.
71 bilingual and trilingual catalogs have been published


The new museum

The Musée d'Art Contemporain in 1995 :

Architect: Renzo Piano.
Surface area: 6,219 m2.
Exhibition area: 2,620 m2, including 560 m2 lit by direct overhead light.
Cultural services: visitor services department, documentation center, conference hall, permanent wall of images connected to an underground railway station, shop, bookshop and restaurant.
Development of a policy of production of works, and an extra-mural educational program.
Artistic collaboration with the 3rd Biennale de Lyon, for the inauguration of the new building.
The museum's collection:

The first acquisitions and gifts go back to 1984, the date of the museum's inauguration.
The collection is representative of international creation since 1970. It presents the largest European collection of installations ever brought together.
The museum is a genuine center of creation, and sponsors works that are directly executed by living artists for its collection. These creations account for 40% of the collection. Certain of them occupy more than 500 m2.


Date de dernière modification : 1996-03-01