Focus arts visuels 2019
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Focus on Visual Arts from 1st to 5th July

Visual arts

Updated on 02/10/2019

The Institut français has joined forces with the Occitanie region to produce a Focus on Visual Arts from 1st to 5th July.

With the support of France’s international cultural network, the Institut français is inviting nearly twenty international programmers from more than twenty countries across five continents. This event will be structured around several featured events in the cities of Montpellier, Nîmes, Sète, Sérignan and Arles:


For several years now, the city of Montpellier has been constantly reinventing itself, offering bold and innovative cultural experiences, making artistic creation an industry which extends across the city. With the MOCO, which will launch in June, Montpellier becomes the first city to invent a next-generation art centre. Led by Nicolas Bourriaud, co-founder of the Palais de Tokyo and former director of the Paris École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, the MOCO includes a school, an art centre and a museum dedicated to its collections. This three-pronged project which brings together the entire life cycle of the artistic sector, from education to exhibition, will be showcased during this programme.


To accompany the opening of the MOCO, a “100 artists in the city” exhibition will be held simultaneously. The event will offer an ambitious programme of works created for public spaces. Featuring the works of Neïl Beloufa, Christophe Berdaguer & Marie Péjus, Hicham Berrada, Mathieu Mercier, Melik Ohanian, Julien Prévieux, Lili Reynaud-Dewar


An annual summer photography festival founded in 1970, The Rencontres d’Arles has acquired an international reputation by offering an inside look at contemporary photographic creation each summer. Nearly forty exhibitions benefit from unique staging every year in some twenty heritage sites in the town of Arles.


  • The programme will also be supplemented by visits to flagship institutions located in Montpellier and in the region: the Carré d’art – Museum of Contemporary Art in Nîmes, the Regional Contemporary Art Centre in Sète, the FRAC Occitanie – Montpellier. The itinerary will also include a visit to the Serignan Regional Museum of Contemporary Art, which has been developing its offering for two years since the inauguration of its new extension. Since then, the MRAC has housed within its walls an extended repository of items from the National Centre for Fine Arts as part of its permanent collection.