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Les Collections de Saint Cyprien

27th December 2017 - 4th March 2018

Collection Desnoyer, Saint Cyprien

Les Collections de Saint Cyprien

Miles of golden sands, a delightful, busy port with yachts as far as the eye can see, golf club, restaurants open in winter, bars, casino, boat trips and a botanical garden with peacocks strutting their stuff… You could be forgiven for thinking that Saint Cyprien is all about the beach.

But whilst it’s true that much of the summer action tends to take place around Saint

photo (1)Cyprien plage, don’t dismiss the village; a 10 minute drive from the lively beach resort. It’s not ancient (‘tho it has an attractive church with 17th Century bell tower and interesting ‘rentables’) or particularly beautiful – but it has some good restaurants and shops and a very original museum, which is absolutely worth a visit.

On his death in 1972, artist Francois Desnoyer left much of his collection of paintings and archives to the ’Fondation Desnoyer’ in Saint-Cyprien, later to become the ‘Collection Desnoyer’. In 1994, a second museum, this time one of contemporary art, grew up just a short distance from the first. Both museums were given the name “Les Collections de Saint Cyprien”. Since then they have concentrated on daring, sometimes shocking exhibitions, mostly following a theme of ‘collections’.

With the addition of 700 m2 of extra space, numerous lenders agreed to contribute to the collections, bringing them international status. New, up-and-coming artists regularly exhibit here also, and thanks to the legacy from François Desnoyer in 1972, the permanent collection is added to regularly.

As well as the many works of Desnoyer, you will also find Albert Marquet, Utrillo, Suzanne Valadon, Salvador Dali and many other major artists.

15th September – 7th January 2018

Culture Chancay : Pre-Columbian Art

Art collector, Pascal Lacombe, shares his collection of remarkable pieces for the first time.

The Chancay culture developed around the Chancay river from as early as the 11th century. Seeing the rise and fall of both the Chimu and the Inca Empires, it also bore witness to the arrival of the Spanish in 1533. This people of farmers, fishers, artisans and tradespeople, were an organised, hierarchical  civilisation, known for their sensitive and delicate way of life.

Their rich and innovative funeral practices has meant many artifacts have survived in astonishing tact. Though textiles and ceramics, we can glimpse into life in another world andanother time.

Entry 4€

Opening Hours
Tuesday – Sunday, 2pm – 6pm

Collection Desnoyer
Rue Emile Zola
66750 Saint-Cyprien
04 68 21 06 96

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Les Collections de Saint Cyprien
Collections François Desnoyer rue Emile Zola
Saint Cyprien, 66750 France
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