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Arts & Museums
Situated in the district of the Etats Unis, this museum presents a new concept since it takes the town as its central theme. The Musée Urbain Tony Garnier takes its name from a famous Lyon architect who has contributed a great deal to the construction of the town in general and of this district in particular. This museum presents his work and his urban ideal. The museum is also a tribute to the district built by Tony Garnier into which he moved, thanks to the reconstruction of an apartment typical of the thirties including period furniture donated by the tenants. Do not miss the 24 frescoes, a real feature of the museum, representing life in Lyon. This museum will give visitors a greater insight into the town of Lyon and especially this rather unique district. Hours are seasonal check website for more details.
This gallery, which has only recently opened, shows contemporary work in expressionist and abstract styles, as well as freestyle. Most of the works are done on canvases. At the Galerie Gérard Chomarat many well known modern artists have their works on display. There are also sculptures on display here. This gallery is best suited for those who love modern contemporary art.
Institut Lumière, a museum and former home of famous inventors Louis and Auguste Lumière, is dedicated to all things related to the world of theater and cinema. Exhibitions include a display of the brothers' inventions, and there is a screening room for documentaries, conferences, or film showings, as well as a library. Many events, festivals, conferences and meetings are organized throughout the year and, during the summer, there are free open-air films in front of the building. Check the website for details.
Since 1927, the African Museum has exhibited more than 2,500 artifacts, which are diverse objects from West Africa (Ivory Coats, Ghana, Mali, Benin, and Nigeria). These objects, which are of great ethnological value, show the everyday, social and religious life of the different cultures that make up this geographical area. The strong points of this collection are the weights for weighing gold dust, traditional masks, machetes and statuettes that bear witness to the multiplicity of the rights and rituals of West Africa. The museum offers audio-visuals on African life and a library.
The planetarium in Vaulx-En-Velin is a great place to learn about the universe of the sky. There are films, workshops and conference-debates with current figures in science. The venue is closed from July 28 to September 30, and when it is open, it is closed on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Always be sure to check if it will be open the day you decide to visit!
The modern façade of the Institut d'Art Contemporain (the Institute of Modern Art) disguises the fact that it has been housed in an old school in Villeurbanne since 1997 when the Nouveau Musée merged with the Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain (Regional Arts Foundation). In this museum you can discover and keep track of what is happening in the world of modern art. It has a good choice of well-known artists (Buren, Dubuffet, Warhol, Weiner) as well as some young talent. Various exhibitions are held from time to time. The Institute organizes conferences, educational activities and informative courses for all. The bookshop is a good source of information about modern art. Check website for more information.
»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.
When going to Messob, try getting some friends to come along so you can dip together using the Ethiopian equivalent of bread - the injera - in the large trays where the food is spread out. No forks or knives here! Ethiopian food is unique and includes a lot of vegetarian dishes, mostly spinach, lentils or chick peas-based, but there are just as many meat options available. After your meal, do not forget to ask for a cup of traditional coffee and maybe Messob's very talkative staff will treat you to the story of Ethiopia's discovery of coffee. The Ethiopian art displayed on the walls is well worth checking out too.
This gallery is avant-garde both in terms of the work it exhibits and in the way it is installed. Domi Nostrae uncovers regularly new creative talents. What is original here is the fact that the work is exhibited in a huge flat. Domi Nostrae exhibits especially paintings and photographs.
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.
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.
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.