The first provincial modern art museum
The painter Albert André (1869-1954) became the curator of the Bagnols-sur-Cèze Encyclopedia Museum in 1917 and transformed it into the first provincial contemporary art museum.
The collection was enhanced by gifts from the painters who were friends of the curator (Renoir, Monet, but also painters from the Nabis movement, d’Espagnat, Valtat and Puy).
Artists from the The “Jeune Peinture” (Young Painting) movement of the 1950’s are well represented at the Museum. The art critic, George Besson was an ardent champion of these painters and he left part of his private collection to Bagnols-sur-Cèze. The museum also shows iconic masterpieces from the twentieth century like Le 14 juillet au Havre by Marquet, La fenêtre ouverte à Nice by Matisse, Le Bouquet de fleurs des champs by Bonnard and le portrait d’Adèle Besson by Van Dongen.
Hôtel de Ville -2e étage - Place Auguste Mallet
30200 Bagnols-sur-Cèze 04 66 50 50 56
- Free entry to the permanent and temporary exhibitions to all members of the public throughout the year
- School groups : Visits and educational workshops free for students and group leaders
- Adult Groups: Visits without a guide are free. Reservation required (04 66 90 75 90)
- Guided tours for groups of adults : Reservation required (04 66 90 75 80), minimum 15 people – €4 per person.
- Tuesday to Sunday
- from 10am-12pm and from 2-6pm
Closed : Mondays, 1st January, Easter, 1st May, 8 May, Ascension, Pentecôte, 14 July, 15 August, 1st November, 11 November, 25 December
Closed annually during the month of February