The Museum of Modern Art in Ceret has been chosen by the Miró estate as the home for one of his famous sculptures, a head sculpted in 1974 , a tribute to the legendary figure of Pinocchio. “It will stay in Ceret initially for five years, but it may well be a permanent fixture,” stated Christian Bourquin during his visit to the opening of the latest François Llopis exhibition.
However, the really big news for the museum is a large financial investment which will lead to the expansion of the museum in time for the major summer exhibition 2016. The building is expected to be extended by 1,100 m2, with construction starting in 18 months.
The project should help to put Céret art gallery in amongst some of the major international museums.
Céret Museum of Modern Art
Céret is situated 12 kms from the Spanish border and 30 kms from Perpignan.
Perpignan Rivesaltes airport and bus services from Perpignan railway station.
Perpignan railway station and bus services from the station to Céret. By car
Motorway A9, Le Boulou exit or by the main road N 9. At the Boulou follow the direction to Céret on the D 115.
20 June – 30 September : 10 a.m. to 19 p.m.
1 October – 19 June: 10 a.m.to 18 p.m.
Open every day from 13th April to 30th September,
Closed every Tuesday from 1st October to 12th April.
Closed 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 25th December.
Full price ……………..8€
Free admission for U12s
Tarifs may vary for a temporary exhibition.
Guided tours by reservation.
from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 18 a.m.,
Contact the Museum beforehand for an appointment.
from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 18 a.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17 p.m.
Art in Céret – looking back
In January 1910 Catalan sculptor Manolo Hugué, painter Frank Burty Haviland and composer Déodat de Séverac settled in Céret.
Between 1911 and 1913, at the height of the Cubist period, they were joined by their friends from Montmartre; Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Auguste Herbin, Max Jacob and Jean Marchand, amongst others, who spent time in Céret.
After the First World War some of them, including Auguste Herbin, Manolo or Juan Gris, returned, joined by new artists from Montparnasse including *Pierre Brune, (the initiator of the museum,) André Masson, Marc Chagall, Pinkus Kremegne, and Chaïm Soutine…
Later, during the Second World War, a third wave of artists fleeing from Nazism took refuge in the town; Raoul Dufy, Tristan Tzara, Jean Dubuffet, Albert Marquet.
*Pierre Brune dreamed of creating a museum of modern art which would retrace the town’s history of art and artists. Thanks to the assistance of Picasso and Matisse, and with the support of other artists, collectors and interested parties, he succeeded in assembling a fine collection of art and winning over the municipality.
The Museum of Modern Art in Céret was inaugurated the 18th. June 1950 in the rooms of a 17th. Century Carmelite convent. As the years passed, its reputation grew. In the 1980’s the town decided to enlarge and renovate it and entrusted Joséphine Matamoros with the project. The new museum was inaugurated on the 17th. December 1993 by the President of France.