Norman Foster designed this transparent cuboid building. It takes its name from being close by La Maison Carree, one of the old town’s jewels.

© David Huguenin

Norman Foster designed this transparent cuboid building. It takes its name from being close by La Maison Carree, one of the old town’s jewels.

Programme

© Cédrick Eymenier
© Cédrick Eymenier
© Cédrick Eymenier
© Cédrick Eymenier
© Cédrick Eymenier
© Cédrick Eymenier

And yet if... Claude Viallat

For the first time, the town where Claude Viallat was born and has lived for over forty years is presenting a substantial selection of his works. It will fill the entire space of Carré d’Art, from the entrance hall to the two exhibition floors. Sourced directly from the creative heart that is Viallat’s studio in Nîmes, this exhibition will show the generosity of what the artist
imself describes as his “numerous and spiralling” work – the diversity of its materials, of its dimensions, of its imaginaries.

A founding member of the Supports/Surfaces group and historic figure of French abstract art, Viallat is tirelessly developing a body of work which is at once instantly recognisable and constantly on the move. In addition to his paintings, the exhibition will feature numerous objects, somewhere between sculpture and fortuitous assemblage that are always at once precariously balanced and consummately elegant. Their playful simplicity dialogues constantly with the intense formal and chromatic pleasures of his painting.

Alassan Diawara, Sans titre, 2023
Alassan Diawara, Sans titre, 2023
Alassan Diawara, Sans titre, 2023
Alassan Diawara, Sans titre, 2023
Zineb Sedira, Mother Tongue, 2002
Zineb Sedira, Mother Tongue, 2002
Zineb Sedira, Mother, Daughter, and I, 2003
Zineb Sedira, Mother, Daughter, and I, 2003

Zineb Sedira / Alassan Diawara

The project bringing together artists Alassan Diawara and Zineb Sedira is twofold. On the one hand, it consists of a joint exhibition on the top floor of Carré d'Art. On the other, several of Diawara's photographs will be displayed in Nîmes, giving as many people as possible the chance to see them. Some of Zineb Sedira's early works on the theme of filial bonds will be combined with photographs by the young Belgian artist based on the stories of Nîmes families. In particular, Alassan Diawara wants to document the intergenerational links between three generations.

Zineb Sedira was born in France in 1963, and lives and works between London, Paris and Algiers. She represented France at the last Venice Biennale. Over the last fifteen years, Zineb Sedira's work has enriched the debate around the concepts of modernism and modernity in a unique way. She has also drawn attention to the vitality of artistic expression in North Africa. Zineb Sedira initially drew her inspiration from her own quest for identity, that of a woman of very particular origins and geography. Gradually moving away from these autobiographical questions towards more universal concerns, she is now working on issues of mobility, memory and transmission.

Alassan Diawara was born in Belgium in 1986. He became interested in photography at an introductory workshop during his communications studies. He did his first internship with Malick Sidibé in Bamako in 2012, followed by a second experience alongside Daniel Sannwald in London in 2013, and then embarked on a training programme at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Since the end of 2019, in Paris, he has been working at the crossroads of documentary and fine art photography. Alassan Diawara is currently resident at Artagon Pantin.

Access

Carré d'Art - Musée d'art contemporain
Place de la Maison-Carrée
30000 Nîmes

Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm.
6.30 pm on weekends.

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CULTURE & HERITAGE

La Maison Carrée (Nîmes)
Les Arènes (Nîmes)
Le Musée de la Romanité (Nîmes)

Cultural venues within 60 km :

Collection Lambert (Avignon)
Le Grenier à Sel (Avignon)
Luma (Arles)
Fondation Vincent van Gogh (Arles)
Musée Reattu (Arles)

PLACES TO STAY

Royal Hôtel *** : a former 19th-century cloister in the heart of the city. (Nîmes)
Appart'hôtel Odalys Le Cheval Blanc : exceptional location facing the Roman amphitheater, 5-minute walk from the train station. (Nîmes)

PLACES TO EAT

Ciel de Nîmes : on the last floor of Carré d’art. (Nîmes)
Émile et Simone : cheese, cold meat, vegetables plates, wine bar. (Nîmes)