Musée des Beaux-Arts

Equipment for leisure activities at Calais

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  • The Calais Museum of Fine Arts across from Richelieu Park is the work of architect Paul Pamart. Its bright and clear spaces bring together on two levels and over 1600 m² the permanent collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs from the 16th to the 21st century.

    On the ground floor, the Rodin room, from Paris to Calais is devoted to the works of the famous sculptor, with studies and variants around the Monument to the Bourgeois of Calais. A large loan of works from the Rodin Museum in Paris has considerably enriched the collection, with a renewal of this deposit to be discovered in 2020.

    This room introduces the spaces of Calais from here and elsewhere that offer to discover the city, its artists and its territory with 150 works from the collection confronting art history and local history. We find works by Louis-Antoine Barye, Antoine Bourdelle, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Jean Fautrier, Charles Gadenne, Théodore Géricault, Henri Laurens, Germaine Richier, as well as paintings, drawings and photographs by artists from Calais, Louis and Alexandre Francia, Jean Roulland, Henry Lhotellier, Franck Bernard or Frédéric Lefever.

    The museum also alternates ancient Flemish paintings and English watercolors by artists as famous as William Turner or Richard Parkes Bonington who both knew the city.

    On the first floor, the space hosts works from the permanent collection under the title Alice, her mirror and its wonders. Contemporary works by artists such as Pierre Alechinsky, Jean-Luc Moerman, Philippe Ramette or Richard Wentworth are confronted and associated with older paintings and sculptures by Albert Carrier-Belleuse, André Derain, Balthasar Van der Ast or Jean Dubuffet for better exalt the whimsical and offbeat universe of two tales by the English writer Lewis Carroll: Alice in Wonderland and On the other side of the mirror.

    Each year, the museum organizes a large-scale temporary exhibition dedicated to audiences curious about all forms of art. It is accompanied by shows, events, visits, workshops for budding audiences or connoisseurs.
  • Spoken languages
    • English
    • fr*
  • Tourism and handicap
  • Media
  • Accepted customers
    • Individuals
    • Groups
  • Services
    • Guided visits (groups only)
  • Activities
    • Children's workshop
    • Learning workshop
    • Symposia
    • Lectures
    • Temporary exhibitions
    • Museum
  • Accessibility
    • Mobility impaired
    • Mentally impaired
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