Museum of Contemporary Art, culturally sophisticated

Museum of Contemporary Art, culturally sophisticated

Opened in 1984 in the former 'palais de la foire de Lyon' (fair grounds palace), in 1995 it moved to a new building designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano.

The Museum of Contemporary Art was designed not to exhibit permanent collections but to individually stage each temporary exhibition. This is why the space is so unusual. Here, the walls move, changing place according to the needs and desires of artists.

Knowing they have 3,000 sqm available to them, you can imagine the creative freedom this offers. This is precisely how Cai Guo Qiang managed to form a Swiss mountain here and Mathieu Briand installed a saltwater pool. At each show, it's a new museum that reinvents itself and pushes the limits of creation. Every two years, the museum also hosts Lyon's Biennale of Contemporary.

If these spectacles are not necessarily your cup of tea, the museum is still worth a visit for its location opposite the Tête d'Or Park and its view of the city.

Museum of Contemporary Art
81 Quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 Lyon

+33 (0)4 72 69 17 17