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Musée des Beaux-Arts

Museum (VALENCIENNES)

  • Inspected and accredited by the French museum department (Service des Musées de France)


Spoken languages : anglais, néerlandais


After a year's renovation work, the museum is off to a fresh new start with an exhibition based on a work that has never been unveiled before: "La chute d'eau", by the museum's prodigal son, local painter Antoine Watteau. The new layout has a more modern, minimalistic style that plays on the use of space. The rooms have been repainted in toned-down colours and fitted with new lighting. The floor heating and cooling system has been improved to better preserve the artworks. The galleries, renovated and embellished, bring a fresh new look to this splendid stone and pink brick building built over a century ago. Local artworks take pride of place, particularly the sculptures by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, set out beneath the high ceiling of the vast, brightly-lit hall, and the pictorial works of Watteau and his disciples. There are Flemish paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries (Rubens, Van Dyck..), a gallery packed with local artists and, at the heart of the building, an archeological crypt. 

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