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»Centre d'Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation (Deportation and Resistance Historical Center)
The Centre d'Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation (Deportation and Resistance Historical Center) is located in what used to be the offices of the Gestapo and Klaus Barbie. While it avoids being too downbeat, the CHRD will leave no one unmoved. The themes of the exhibition are the onset of war and the beginnings of the resistance and deportation. Using an infra red audio system [trilingual], you can move through the exhibition at your own speed. The centre also organizes temporary exhibitions, such as the photographic exhibition of the World Press Foundation (war reportage and refugees of today). There is a library, studio, and conference space available on site.
Major specialist in modern figurative painting from the 17th-19th century. The gallery exhibits some contemporary work and pieces from Lyonnais and Parisian Art Schools. Certain Lyonnais artists are well represented.
Olivier Houg is one of those rare galleries to take risks with the artists and the type of work exhibited, while allowing space for both. Contemporary art is shown principally through paintings and sculptures. Located in a perfect environment for contemporary art, this place has an area of upto 250 sq feet of room where regular exhibitions and arts are kept on display. The gallery also takes part in art shows away from the Galerie Olivier Houg.
Previously used as a sugar storage facility, La Sucrière is a tribute to contemporary art in the city of Lyon. The three story structure located on the bank of the river Saône exhibits creations from various artists, some of which are controversial like the Origin of the Corpse exhibition and some are long remembered for their distinct style and purity. This exhibition hall pays heed to artistic freedom and gives space to creations that do not follow the traditional conventions of art forms. A place highly recommended for art admirers. Call for more details.
To enter this museum you first have to go through the Musée des Tissus (Fabric Museum). Sprawled over two stories, this museum is a treasure-house of furniture, tapestries, china and earthenware. There are rooms reconstructed a la mode the XVIII century, magnificent clocks, Aubusson and Gobelins tapestries, XV and XVI century Italian majolica, earthenware from the XV to the XVII centuries as well as a beautiful harpsichord made by Donzelague in 1716 which is still used for concerts. The museum is renowned for its eclectic collection and rather jumbled displays. For more information please see the website.
Lyon was the capital of silk, so it follows that it should pay homage to the fabrics of the world. Located in the 16th-century Hotel de Villeroy, Musée des Tissus traces 4,000 years of the history of fabric and textile. Exhibitions include a large variety of material and techniques from Asia, the Orient and Europe. Spread out over three floors, tour the history of fabrics in the form of clothing, robes, prayer books, Italian lace and more.
The Galerie Dettinger-Mayer exhibits raw, primitive art from Africa and the South Sea Islands. Housed here are contemporary artworks from very talented artists. There is also sculpture and a permanent exhibition of artists such as Evaristo and Zahra Toughraï.
The Galerie Laurencin shows magnificent watercolours, drawings and engravings dating between the 16th and 20th century. The works become more and more impressive as you go along, and more often than not they are extremely rare. All of the works housed here are original masterpieces, Visitors can also expect to see some of the best artists in the country's works on display at one of the many exhibitions held here.
Alain Chesne is a passionate specialist in archaeology, primitive art and statuary. In his gallery, you can find rare pieces of primitive art like statues and masks from Africa, South America and Asia. Beautiful pieces dating from the Greek, Egyptian or Roman Antiquity are on display as well as bronzes and wooden relics from the Middle Age. Amid many treasures, take a look at the paper work, stump work or glass paintings. Don't hesitate to ask the owner's advice on buying, selling or estimating one of your pieces of art.
This gallery shows drawings and engravings the great majority of which are ancient. It also has ornaments and it is possible to frame certain works. The staff are kind and helpful.
One of the best known exhibit spaces in Lyon, Le Rectangle is situated on the Place Bellecour, in the heart of the city. Nationally or internationally renowned exhibits of paintings and sculpture are hosted here.
With over 250 moving subjects and 20 tableaux, this museum will fascinate both the young and the old. A small, private museum created by an enthusiast who has been making his working dolls himself since 1946, he exhibits puppets of all kinds-paste to paper, plastic, porcelain as well as some unforgettable scenes-from Gargantua, circus scenes, sections of maps and well-known faces in less familiar setting.