MO.CO. is an original arts ecosystem. It comprises an arts school, an art centre and an exhibition space presenting public and private international collections.

MO.CO. is an original arts ecosystem. It comprises an arts school, an art centre and an exhibition space presenting public and private international collections.

Programme

J’habite un long silence, Raphaël Barontini

Off-site exhibition: archaeological site of Lattara, Henri Prades Museum, 390 Route de Pérols 34970 Lattes

Raphaël Barontini takes a singular look at the ancient Lattara’s objects. Mechanical tapestry, large-scale textile items, movable leather works and paintings will be displayed at the Museum. Using techniques from traditional painting, screen printing, digital printing, and photography, he creates “digital collages” intended to reshape and unhierarchise the history of the world. His works have various influences, considering his relationship to arts, Aimé Césaire’s poetry or the connection he builds with Édouard Glissant’s writings and concept of creolization. In his work filled with multiple references, the eras coincide, merge, and add up through a time and visual layering.

An exhibition produced upon an invitation from Nicolas Bourriaud, former Director at the MO.CO Montpellier Contemporain and Diane Dusseaux, Director at the archaeological site of Lattara – Henri Prades Museum.

Sarah Lucas, Love Me, 1998 / Maurizio Cattelan, La rivoluzione siamo noi, 2000
Sarah Lucas, Love Me, 1998 / Maurizio Cattelan, La rivoluzione siamo noi, 2000
Mark Manders, Unfired Clay Torso, 2015
Mark Manders, Unfired Clay Torso, 2015
Douglas Gordon, A Divided Self (I and II), 1996
Douglas Gordon, A Divided Self (I and II), 1996

Bodies at stake

MO.CO. Hôtel des collections

In a city of knowledge and medecine, it’s a poetic of the human figure that explores the new exhibition at the MO.CO. 28 artists seize this subject and demonstrate the fact that the image of the body is also the image of the psyche. The body is political, social, sexualized, fantasized, performed, controlled. It’s the reflect of our fears, of our aspirations, of our time; its representations depict celebrated bodies, probations, challenged bodies, in which technological developments allow making exoskeletons and artificial corporality, and in which the body becomes stretch and adjustable over and over again, but stays an indicator of differences. 58 artworks created between 1977 and 2020 take possession of the body. This is not a matter of showing autopsied bodies, but to conceive an accurate examination of the human figure such as it is represented by the artists, the body as a means of expression, experimentations, and formal and esthetical research, inextricably tied up with social, political and cultural evolutions.

Artists : Ed Atkins, Lina Bertucci, Maurizio Cattelan, Roberto Cuoghi, Enrico David, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Michael Dean, Trisha Donnelly, Douglas Gordon, GORDON_PARRENO, Thomas Hirschhorn, Sanya Kantarovsky, Josh Kline, Elena Kovylina, Barbara Kruger, Zoe Leonard, Sarah Lucas, Mark Manders, Nathaniel Mellors, Senga Nengudi, Cady Noland, Catherine Opie, Michele Rizzo, Thomas Ruff, Wael Shawky, Cindy Sherman, Andra Ursuta, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Curator : Vincent Honoré and Caroline Chabrand,

Access

MO.CO. Hôtel des collections, 13, rue de la République :
Tuesday to Sunday : noon - 8pm.

MO.CO. Panacée, 14, rue de l’École de Pharmacie :
Wednesday to Sunday : noon - 8pm.

MO.CO. Esba, 130, rue Yehudi Menuhin.
Wednesday to Sunday : 11am - 1pm & 2pm - 6pm.

  • 33 (0)4 99 58 28 00

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WALKS

Le Jardin des Plantes
Musée et Conservatoire d’Anatomie
La Halle Tropisme : an associative place where the Montpellier's culture and party combine. Bar and restaurant.

TO DISCOVER AT THE MO.CO

MO.CO. Panacée : patio with a garden designed by Coloco.
MO.CO. Hôtel des collections : site-specific artworks to discover, the garden designed by Bertrand Lavier, Jardin des sept continents (2019) and Les arrosoirs arrosés (2019) and Loris Gréaud’s artwork, Idle Mode (2019) in the bar-restaurant.
MO.CO. Esba : in the schoolyards: artworks by Fabrice Hyber, Prééau (2019) and Bob & Roberta Smith, this is a freedom of Expression Centre (2019).

LESS THAN 60 KM

FRAC Occitanie Montpellier
Musée Fabre
Pavillon Populaire
Espace Saint-Ravy
Mécènes du sud Montpellier-Sète
Aperto
Iconoscope
AL/MA gallery
La Jetée, art gallery and studio
CRAC Occitanie (Sète)
Musée International des Arts Modestes (Sète)

PLACES TO STAY

Le Mas de la Feuillade : guest houses in the heart of a classified park.
La Merci : guest houses with an indoor garden, very good value for money.
Hôtel du Palais : in the heart of the district l’Écusson since 1870, very close to the famous Place de la Canourgue.
Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole : just a step from the MO.CO, an iconic place built in 1898 in the style of the French Riviera’s prestigious palaces.

PLACES TO EAT

Le Pastis : a first Michelin star in 2021. Come and enjoy the surprise menus of Daniel Lutrand and Jean-Philippe Vivant.
Leclere : Guillaume Leclere enhances the products, the season, the nature. A must-go.
Faune : a creative and modern Provençal bistronomy with foreign influences.
Mikado : japanese Chef Takétomo Lulu Sumi (ex-Ito Chan) cooks “the best ramen in France” according to Le Fooding.
Rosemarie : mediterranean cuisine and cocktail bar with a big terrace, in the historic centre.
Ikonka : salads, pies, super fresh and non-classical unique dish. A wide variety of pastries.
Zaatar : the best falafel in the region!
Äponem, l’auberge du presbytère : a gastronomic journey inspired by the Hérault’s wilderness, signed by Chef Amélie Darvas and sommelier Gaby Benicio. (Vailhan)

HAVE A DRINK

Café de la Panacée : restaurant for lunchtime, you can come have a drink all day long and enjoy tapas in the evening in the pleasant and vast courtyard.
Panka : come and enjoy regional products, natural wines and seafood tapas.
Les Garçons : a lively bar-tapas-wine cellar downtown.
Le Parfum : you will find the best cocktails in the city.
Le Poisson Rouge : a former house of oyster farmers with a breathtaking view, offering a simple and tasty cuisine inspired by the sea. (Frontignan)
La plage Bonaventure (Palavas-les-Flots)