Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

Opened in 1984 in the former ‘palais de la foire de Lyon' (fair grounds palace), in 1995 it moved to a brand new building designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano.

This place was designed not to exhibit permanent collections but to individually stage each temporary exhibition. Hence, the peculiarity of the space. Here, the walls move, changing place according to the needs and desires of artists.

Knowing they have 3,000 square metres available to them, you can imagine the creative freedom this offers. Thus, Cai Guo Qiang shaped a Swiss mountain here and Mathieu Briand installed a saltwater pool. At each show, it's a new museum that reinvents itself and pushes the limits of creation.

If such happenings don't interest you, don't reject the place out of hand, because it deserves a visit for its location opposite the Tête d'Or Park and its view of the city.

Museum of Contemporary Art
81, Quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 Lyon

+33 (0)4 78 93 36 35