Situated within Lyon’s Cité Internationale, by the banks of the Rhone and near the park Tete d’Or, the Musée d’Art Contemporain is at the heart of a scenic and pleasant area.
In 1984, when the museum was located within the Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon, a particular interest in the production of art work began. These works, be they a new project for the artist or a continuation of a earlier concept, were produced in the museum, for the museum, in direct collaboration with the artist and became a part of the museum’s collection. This gave an opportunity to artists to experiment with form, idea and dimension, and to create work in harmony with the space itself.
The museum’s politics of production imposed upon the architect to create an interieur space which could be entirely modified, in order to cater for the demands of the numerous artists using the space as well as the diverse exhibition spaces designed by the curators.
Be it for Cai Guo-Qiang’s Russian Mountain, Ann Hamilton’s Crying Wall or Mathieu Briand’s Salt Water Pool, the museum transforms itself for each artistic project and thus proposes diverse experiences to its public.
The collection is shown, therefore, only at the time of its relevant exhibition. The museum closes for periods of six weeks between each exhibition to allow for the creation of each new space.