Carré d’Art musée d’art contemporain | Nîmes

Place de la Maison Carree, 16 , Nîmes
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Phone: +33 (0)
closed on: Mondays , 1 January, 1 May, 1 November, 11 November, 25 December
Museum Type: Art
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The Carré d’Art – Musée d’art contemporain in Nîmes is a contemporary art museum located in front of the famous Maison Carré, one of the best-preserved Roman temples in Europe.

The museum is housed since 1993 in a glass building, designed by British architect Lord Norman Foster, inspired by the proportions of the temple nearby.
A part of the nine stories of the museum is underground so to don’t spoil the view of the Roman building.

The permanent collection of the Carré d’Art is constituted of over 400 artworks, realized from 1960 to the present day, by French, American, Spanish, Italian, German, and Nordic artists, including pieces by Mario Merz, Giuseppe Penone, Alighiero Boetti, Richard Artschwager, Allan Kaprow, Joseph Kosuth  Christopher Wool, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Albert Oehlen, Thomas Schütte, Sophie Calle, Annette Messager,  Suzanne Lafont, Walid Raad, Ryan Gander, and Georg Baselitz.
The collection is exposed on rotation, through semi-permanent exhibitions so as to present it from always-changing points of view.

The Carré d’Art also organizes temporary exhibitions, guided tours, and workshops for adults and children. A large library and a bookshop are also available at the museum.
The Carré d’Art Nîmes is wheelchair-accessible.

Photos: cover by Jean-Louis Zimmermann (CC BY 2.0), 1 by Rory Hyde, 2 by FJstephens, 3 by Timothy Brown

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