One of the most interesting Art Museums in Southern France is Musee Riguad in Perpignan. This old 17th century Palace, was originally the workshop of the artist Hyacinthe Rigaud, a favourite of the court of Louis XIV. But it later served as a studio for a range of famous artists such as Picasso, Dufy, Maillol and Cocteau.
Things to do in South France: Best museums & art
Nimes' modern art museum, the Carre d'Art, was built in 1993 by English architect Norman Foster. The museum quickly established itself as one of the best museums of contemporary art in South France. Musee Carré d'Art hosts a number of visiting modern art exhibitions.
Within the charming framework of the village of Bouzigues (see Bouzigues), the Musee de L'Etang de Thau provides an interesting exposition of the ancient skill of shell-fish raising as well as traditional fishing techniques.
The little Languedoc coastal town of Serignan, just south of Beziers, is home to not only a modern art gallery, but also a popular contemporary theatre. In the centre of Serignan, a small hard working old Languedoc wine town, you will find a modern art gallery housed in a disused wine warehouse.
Collioure has in the past been home to an immpressive array of artistic talent, attracted by Collioure's "special light". Luminaries feature Matisse, Picasso, Dufy, Derain, Rennie McIntosh and Maillol. With over thirty galleries and many resident artists still working in and around the town, Collioure is right to proclaim itself the "Town of Artists."
Montpellier's famed Modern Art Museum, Musee Fabre, has just completed a Euros 62m facelift. The museum has added a new wing and constructed a new walkway up to Musee Fabre. If you are looking for things to do in Montpellier, France, then a visit to this excellent art museum is well worth the entry price
If you are a lover of history then you are in luck in the South of France. There are some excellent Languedoc museums covering a range of historical periods from the Dinosaurs through to the local resistance movement of the Second World War. Here is just a selection of our favourite 5 Languedoc museums.
I reckon that Musee de l'Arles Antique, Arles' archeology museum, is one of the best modern buildings I have seen. It was designed by Henri Ciriani and looks brilliant. It is a shame the inside exhibitions are not quite up to the standard of the building, but I am sure that will change. The museum features a range of artefacts from the Roman period, including a scale model of the original Roman town of Arles.
In 1888 van Gogh left Paris for Provence. Here, in collaboration with Paul Gaugin he painted some of his most impressive works. It was also the scene of his famous "ear cutting" act and his decline into mental illness.
Van Gogh is linked to two main places in the South of France: Arles and Saint Remy de Provence. He had initially traveled to the South of France from Paris in the hope of improving his health and to establish a "studio in the South".
Van Gogh spent time in two places in the South of France: St Remy de Provence and Arles. In 1889, following the infamous incident where he cut off part of his ear, he was brought to the asylum in St Remy by a priest and his doctor and here he stayed for 12 months.
If you are a lover of history then you are in luck in the South of France. There are some excellent South France museums covering a range of historical periods from the Dinosaurs through to the local resistance movement of the Second World War. Here is just a selection of our favourite 5 South of France museums.
The South of France has been home to a wide range of famous artists throughout history. Towns such as Arles, Montpellier, Toulouse, Collioure and Ceret all boastan impressive art heritage. Van Gogh, Gaughin, Picasso, Lautrec, Chagall, Miro, the Fauvist movement, and the Cubists group of painters have all come to work in the South of Francefor the "special light" and create some fantastic art and paintings. Go Languedoc! selects the best art galleries and sites to visit in the South of France.