Art Events In Strasbourg, the Heart of Europe

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Strasbourg is likely among one of the most underrated cities in Europe. This major Alsatian city, over the centuries with one foot in French culture and with the other in German, has plenty to offer its visitors in charm, enjoyment of the good life and in sights. On this page we will focus in on the art events Strasbourg has on offer for its visitors..

 

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Strasbourg

 

While most of the cultural life in the city is concentrated around its architecture and historical sites, there’s also the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, regarded as one of the best of its kind in today’s France. It houses rotating temporary exhibitions, while the museum’s permanent collection will likely grab most of the visitors’ attention.

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MAMCS – Museum of Modern Art Strasbourg seen from the Pont Couvert

 

Permanent Collection:

Not surprisingly, most of the focus of the temporary collection is on the two big names of the local art history: Gustave Doré and Jean Hans Arp. The museum is in the possession of 369 works of Gustave Doré in form of paintings, graphic arts and sculptures, while the Arp collection is made up of 53 works of sculptures, stained-glass windows and graphic arts.

The collection contains, however, much more. Among the most special pieces you are able to admire here is the first cubist painting ever purchased by a public French collection: Georges Braque’s “Still Life” from 1911, acquired already in 1923.

There is also a great collection of works by Victor Brauner and Cesar Demola, and there are further unique pieces by Monet, Pissarro, Klee, Rodin Kandinsky and many-many more. Almost uniquely for France and anywhere outside Germany, there is a large collection by by contemporary German painters and the collection of local Alsatian artists is equally important. there is also an important photography collection stretching from the origins of the art up until today, containing over a thousand objects.

 

The MAMCS Building:

Inaugurated in 1998, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is situated right on the left bank of the river Ill, just opposite Strasbourg’s famous neighbourhood of Petite France. The architect behind the building is the Parisian Adrien Fainsilber, it was designed around clarity and open spaces, with a cathedral-like main glass covered centre walk, measuring 104 metres in length and 22 in altitude.

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MAMCS – Museum of Modern Art Strasbourg

The museum is divided into an exhibition space, a permanent collection, and a space dedicated to photography and graphical arts. There are also rooms for educational services, a well-equipped library focused on art, an auditorium, a bookstore and a restaurant on the first floor with a terrace overlooking the medieval bridge ‘Ponts Couvert‘ and the old town of ‘Petite France’.

 

TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS:

There are about four temporary exhibitions on show at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art each year. Currently, this is the event that is taking place.

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Affiche pièces montrées StrasbourgIn France the so called ‘Fracs’ – the French regional contemporary art collections – are celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2013. In Alsace, the anniversary is celebrated with four exhibitions across the region, where the MAMCS Strasbourg (Modern and Contemporary Art Museum) is one of them.

The exhibition ‘Forms and Forces’, brings together around thirty works by various artists born during the period of 1899 and 1978. At first impression the theme of the exhibition is bringing together a diverse range of messages, and also the artistic media involved are of a large variety, including painting, sculpture, photography, installations and videos.

[ale_tabs] [ale_tab title=”Dates”]5 October 2013 to 9 March 2014[/ale_tab] [ale_tab title=”Opening Hours”]Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
Closed on Mondays
Closed on New Year’s Day, Christmas Day[/ale_tab] [ale_tab title=”Admission Fees”]Full Price: € 7.00
Reduced: € 3.50
Reduced fares are valid for groups of 25+, seniors over 60 and students under 25
[/ale_tab] [ale_tab title=”Address”]MAMCS – Modern and Contemporary Art Museum
1 Place de Jean Arp
67076 Strasbourg, France
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Other museums in Strasbourg for the art-lover:

Much of the contemporary art scene in Strasbourg is focused on the MAMCS. However, there are some other museums worth visiting and we are presenting them briefly below.

 

MUSÉE des Arts DÉcoratifs

Strasbourg’s museum of decorative arts is situated in Palais Rohan, designed by the royal architect Robert de Cotte in the 18th century. The museum is divided into two parts – one is representing the apartments of cardinal Rohan and the other offers a rich collection of decorative artifacts – such as world-famous Hannong ceramics, furnishings, sculpture and paintings, time-pieces, metalwork, silver and goldsmith’s art – dating from the sixteenth century to the mid-19th century, found in Strasbourg.

[ale_tabs][ale_tab title=”Opening Hours”]Sunday – Monday 10.00 – 18.00
Closed on Tuesdays
Closed on New Year’s Day, Christmas Day[/ale_tab] [ale_tab title=”Admission Fees”]Full Price: € 6.50
Reduced: € 3.50
Reduced fares are valid for groups of 25+, seniors over 60 and students under 25
[/ale_tab] [ale_tab title=”Address”]Palace Rohan
2 Place du Château
67000 Strasbourg, France
Phone: +33 3 88 52 50 00[/ale_tab] [ale_tab title=”Map”][ale_map address=”2 Place du Château, Strasbourg” width=”60%” height=”120px”][/ale_tab] [/ale_tabs]

 

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Palais Rohan – Housing the Museum of Fine Arts Strasbourg

 

MUSÉE DES BEAUX-ARTS (MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS)

Situated on the first floor of Palais Rohan (see further above), the Museum of Fine Arts presents a wide range of European classic paintings from famous artists such as Boticelli, Canalleto, El Greco, Rubens, Goya, Delacroix and many more, a collection stretching from the early renaissance up until the 1870s.

 

[ale_tabs][ale_tab title=”Opening Hours”]Sunday – Monday 10.00 – 18.00
Closed on Tuesdays
Closed on New Year’s Day, Christmas Day[/ale_tab] [ale_tab title=”Admission Fees”]Full Price: € 6.50
Reduced: € 3.50
Reduced fares are valid for groups of 25+, seniors over 60 and students under 25
[/ale_tab] [ale_tab title=”Address”]Palace Rohan
2 Place du Château
67000 Strasbourg, France
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MUSÉE Alsacien (Alsatian MUSEUM)

If you’re looking for a better understanding of Alsatian life, especially how it used to be in the past, there is a museum in Strasbourg dedicated to the depiction of rural Alsace. This character-filled museum consists of some thirty rooms, and every room represents a different region of Alsace.

Traditional furniture, everyday artifacts, toys, religious imagery and clothes offer you direct knowledge of Alsatian lifestyle from the seventh until the end of the nineteenth century.

 

[ale_tabs][ale_tab title=”Opening Hours”]Sunday – Monday 10.00 – 18.00
Closed on Tuesdays
Closed on New Year’s Day, Christmas Day[/ale_tab] [ale_tab title=”Admission Fees”]Full Price: € 6.50
Reduced: € 3.50
Reduced fares are valid for groups of 25+, seniors over 60 and students under 25
[/ale_tab] [ale_tab title=”Address”]Musée Alsacien
23 – 25 Quai Saint-Nicolas
67000 Strasbourg, France
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Centre Tomi Ungerer

Strasbourg-born artist Tomi Ungerer (1931), known all over the world for his books for children, satirical drawings and advertising posters, donated a large part of his work to the city of Strasbourg with the creation of this museum as the main outcome.

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The museum is located in one half of the former Villa Greiner, a spacious construction built in 1884, and spread over three floors. Today as the home of the museum its ground floor is dedicated to Ungerer’s work as a children’s book illustrator, the first floor is dedicated to his work as a political caricaturist and satirical cartoonist. The basement – out of reach for children – is dedicated to his erotic and semi-pornographic drawings.

A part of Ungerer’s collection contains some 3,500 games and toys which he gathered over forty years. This unique collection is composed of old and modern mechanical, optical and educational toys, little tin soldiers and automatons.

A contemporary collection from a master of illustrations well worth your time.

[ale_tabs][ale_tab title=”Opening Hours”]Sunday – Monday 10.00 – 18.00
Closed on Tuesdays
Closed on New Year’s Day, Christmas Day[/ale_tab] [ale_tab title=”Admission Fees”]Full Price: € 6.50
Reduced: € 3.50
Reduced fares are valid for groups of 25+, seniors over 60 and students under 25
[/ale_tab] [ale_tab title=”Address”]Villa Greiner
2 Avenue de la Marseillaise
67000 Strasbourg, France
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Museum Passes

There are several different Museum Cards you can choose for visiting all the museums in Strasbourg. The passes are valid for all museums and all temporary exhibitions on show and can be purchased or in the tourism office or directly at the museums.

Yearly Pass Card for all the museums of the city
Full price: 20 € – reduced price: 16 €

Three-day Pass Card for all the museums
Full price: 18 € – Reduced price: 12 €

One-day Pass Card for all the museums
Full price: 12 € – Reduced price: 6 €

Upper Rhine Museums Pass:

You also have the option to use the Upper Rhine Museums Pass, which covers 280 museums in the Upper Rhine Region of northern Switzerland, southwestern Germany and southeastern France. There are different versions of the pass, but the standard one-year pass for a year for one person costs 79 € and for two people 144 €. In both cases up to five children under 18 are allowed to join with the same pass. there is also a 48 hours version of the pass that costs 26 €. you can find more information about the pass here.

 

 

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