Created in April 2016 and situated two hours from Paris in the Loire valley, figuring in the UNESCO World Heritage, the Château de Montsoreau – Museum of Contemporary Art is a center of radical, engaged, vibrant artistic expression. Established in a Loire château, it features uncommon architecture, a wide-ranging collection, and exhibition areas placing it in the top rank of international institutions dedicated to contemporary art.
From its 15th-century construction onward, the château of Montsoreau has been an embodiment of audacity and innovation. Built on a rock in the Loire riverbed, Mount Soreau, the castle is a uniquely visionary building epitomizing the Renaissance. In its structure, it is freed from the constraints of medieval architecture and represents the invention of a new type of building, in which there exists room for … the dream. Rapidly enough, it became known as a privileged site for art and culture, serving as an inspiration for writers and artists as renowned as Turner, Flaubert, Rodin and Alexandre Dumas; in our times, it is a château dedicated to contemporary creation.
The permanent collection of the museum represents the world’s largest stock of work of the Art & Language movement, pioneer of Conceptual Art. A complete visit covers more than 2000m2 of exhibition space and explores the multiplicity of the activities pursued by the Art & Language movement: installations, videos, drawings, photographs.

Unlike other collections, it roams around the world. Committed to rendering contemporary art accessible to the general public, the Château of Montsoreau – Museum of Contemporary Art actively maintains a policy of lending to institutions.
Founded in 1968, the Art & Language collective draws its name from the review entitled Art-Language, published by the collaboration starting in 1969. At the outset, the group was composed of Terry Atkinson, Michael Baldwin, David Bainbridge and Harold Hurrell, who were joined in 1971by Mel Ramsden and Ian Burn. During the 1970s, more than fifty members participated. Work by the group turned prevailing ways of looking at art upside down. In its approach to issues on the relationship between theory and practice in artistic creation, the group rejected the notions of individualism and art for the sake of art. With its formulations, Art & Language puts forward essential questions on signature, anonymity, and neutrality, as well as the social and political nature of a work of art.
The programming of the Château de Montsoreau – Museum of Contemporary Art is a reflection of the creative wealth of today’s artists. Innovative, experimental and unexpected, it attests to an abiding commitment to the widespread dissemination of contemporary creation, whatever the means of artistic expression. On the agenda : temporary exhibitions, special events, encounters, concerts and performances.

Photo gallery of Château de Montsoreau – Museum of Contemporary Art

Visits

  • Free individual visits
  • Guided individual tours
  • Groups welcome from 20 people up to 50 people
  • Free group tours
  • Guided group tours
  • Group educational visits
  • Average duration of the group visit : 2h
  • Pets are accepted
  • Available languages
    • Parlées : French, English

Activities

Opening time

From February 01 to March 31, 2019
Monday12 PM - 06 PM
Tuesday12 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday12 PM - 06 PM
Thursday12 PM - 06 PM
Friday12 PM - 06 PM
Saturday12 PM - 06 PM
Sunday12 PM - 06 PM
From 01 to April 30, 2019
Monday12 PM - 07 PM
Tuesday12 PM - 07 PM
Wenesday12 PM - 07 PM
Thursday12 PM - 07 PM
Friday12 PM - 07 PM
Saturday12 PM - 07 PM
Sunday12 PM - 07 PM
From May 01 to September 30, 2019
Monday10 AM - 07 PM
Tuesday10 AM - 07 PM
Wenesday10 AM - 07 PM
Thursday10 AM - 07 PM
Friday10 AM - 07 PM
Saturday10 AM - 07 PM
Sunday10 AM - 07 PM
From October 01 to December 31, 2019
Monday12 PM - 06 PM
Tuesday12 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday12 PM - 06 PM
Thursday12 PM - 06 PM
Friday12 PM - 06 PM
Saturday12 PM - 06 PM
Sunday12 PM - 06 PM
Details on opening hours : Fermé les 24/12 et 25/12.

Prices

Full adult price : from € 9.80 to € 9.80

Children's price : from € 5.80 to € 5.80 5 à 18 ans

Discounted rate : from € 7.80 to € 7.80 Etudiant

Discounted rate : from € 8.00 to € 8.00 Demandeur d'emploi

Price for large families : from € 26.00 to € 26.00 2 ad + 2 enf

Group price : from € 7.80 to € 7.80 Adultes

Child group tarif : from € 4.80 to € 4.80 Enfants

Further information

Labels

  • Accueil Vélo
    Accueil Vélo
  • La Loire à vélo
    La Loire à vélo

Payment method

  • Credit card
  • Cheques and postal orders
  • Holiday vouchers