Located in the heart of Sète, the CRAC faces the Mediterranean harbour. The architecture of this 1,200 m2 building reflects its industrial nature : a former fish-freezing factory renovated in 1997.

Located in the heart of Sète, the CRAC faces the Mediterranean harbour. The architecture of this 1,200 m2 building reflects its industrial nature : a former fish-freezing factory renovated in 1997.

Programme

Gianni Pettena,
Gianni Pettena, "Architecture + Nature", 2011. Dessin. Courtesy de l’artiste et Salle Principale, Paris © Studio Gianni Pettena.
Gianni Pettena,
Gianni Pettena, "Architecture + Nature", 2011. Captures de la vidéo. Courtesy de l’artiste et Salle Principale, Paris © Studio Gianni Pettena.
Gianni Pettena,
Gianni Pettena, "City architecture", 2009, installation, Galleria Enrico Fornello, Prato-Italie, courtesy de l’artiste et Salle Principale, Paris, photo © Bruno Pappalettera.
Gianni Pettena,
Gianni Pettena, "La mia scuola di architettura" (My school of Architecture), 2011, courtesy de l’artiste et Salle Principale, Paris © Studio Gianni Pettena.

Anarchitecte, Gianni Pettena

“Anarchitect”: this provocative term is how Gianni Pettena defined himself in a 1973 manifesto. An unclassifiable figure, Gianni Pettena escapes categories and chooses to make architecture without architecture, exploring the expanded
field of art and critical theory. Between the visual arts, performance, teaching and writing, he never ceases to question the foundations of architecture, while challenging the established order, functionalism, capitalist and consumerist logics at work in society , and more specifically in the way cities are designed today.

Claiming a non-professional, intuitive and sometimes amusing stance, Gianni Pettena proposes ways of building that can link human beings to their natural environment, working with earth, water, wind, or materials such as paper or
cardboard. Born in Bolzano in 1940, Gianni Pettena grew up in the mountains of northern Italy, a landscape he would later call his “school of architecture”.

The exhibition at Crac Occitanie is an exceptional opportunity to discover iconic works by Gianni Pettena, reactivated for the occasion, or even produced for the first time: the show opens with Sound Tunnel, one of the very first works conceived and designed by Pettena in 1966, but never realized until now. Several site-specific installations are presented inside, and an outdoor installation literally sets the building in motion.

Access

Crac Occitanie, le Centre régional d'art contemporain
Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée
26, quai Aspirant-Herber
34200 Sète
+33 (0)4 67 74 94 37
crac.laregion.fr

Every day except on Tuesday: 12.30pm - 7pm.
Saturday & Sunday: 2pm - 7pm.
Free entry.

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CULTURE & HERITAGE

Musée Paul-Valéry
Miam : Musée International des Arts Modestes
MACO, le Musée à Ciel Ouvert : art walks through the city, marked by street art works.
MID, Maison de l’Image Documentaire

WALKS

• Le Mont Saint-Clair : an outstanding panoramic view of the Mediterranean and the Bassin de Thau.
La Pointe Courte : typical alleys convey the Sète’s culture.
The marine cemetery

FESTIVALS

Fiest’A Sète (late July, early August)
Worldwide festival (early July)
K-Live festival (early June)
La fête de la Saint-Louis (end of August)

PLACES TO STAY

L’Orque Bleue Hotel : boutique hotel on the banks of the Royal Canal in the heart of Sète.

PLACES TO EAT

Le Paris-Méditerranée : a gourmet and inventive cuisine, evenings only.
Midi Là-Haut : restaurant and café of the Museum Paul Valéry with sea view.
Chez Lanchois : delicious fusion cuisine in a wonderful setting (access through an industrial area).
Là-Haut : a snack where we reportedly eat the best tiellas.
Chez Nossa : deluxe pizzas and natural wines.
Chez Alphonse et Fils : enjoy the black sesame ice cream and the view…