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Les Collections de Saint Cyprien

1st September - 30th September

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.

16th June – 30th September

Lumières en Roussillon

An exhibition compiled of atmospheric compositions by painters in love with the unique Roussillon light.

In the form of a musical and poetic journey through 19th and 20th century literature, visitors discover landscapes that resonate with the oscillations of light and the subtle effects of matter.

The exhibition is supported by the active participation of private collectors wishing to present the diversity of quality painters in Roussillon such as Martin Vivès, Louis Delfau, Etienne Terrus, Etienne Gony and other names revealed in a luminous and remarkable painting journey.

Entry 4€

Opening Hours
Tuesday – Sunday, 2pm – 6pm

20th October – 30th December

Jean Labellie : L’Être et l’Essence

Discover the pictorial works of Jean Labellie, distinguished painter and student of François Desnoyer.

The Being and the Essence, the theme chosen for this exhibition, provides us with the main keys to understanding his work. An artistic, free, authentic and essential way of thinking that remains relevant as the contemporary era moves forward.

His vision of nature remains elementary, free of formal constraints, paying tribute to colour and natural light.

A remarkable exhibition that traces a whole life devoted to painting.

Entry 4€

Opening Hours
Tuesday – Sunday, 2pm – 6pm

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


1st September
30th September
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Les Collections de Saint Cyprien
Collections François Desnoyer rue Emile Zola
Saint Cyprien,66750 France
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