when heritage meets up to date artwork

In Tarn-et-Garonne, the Beaulieu-en-Rouergue Abbey homes a wealthy assortment of up to date artwork. We owe this atypical area to Geneviève Bonnefoi and Pierre Brache, a few collectors who purchased and preserved the abbey in the course of the final century to show it into an artwork middle.

After their bequest to the Heart des Monuments Nationaux, there have been three years of labor to revive the abbey and develop the gathering. This timeless place, now reopened to the general public, awaits you for a second of contemplation amidst the traditional stones. A glance again on the atypical historical past of an abbey like no different…

The story of a Cistercian abbey…

Beaulieu Abbey was born within the twelfth century on the instigation of the bishop of Rodez Adhémar III. The primary monks settled right here because of the presence of a stream and accepted the order of St. Benedict in a lifestyle that was according to the vows of poverty and humility, which explains the very sober and refined structure of the abbey.

Within the sixteenth century, the tranquility of the abbey is undermined by spiritual wars protesting Protestants and Catholics: Beaulieu-en-Rouergue is ravaged, forcing the monks to flee for a time. These destructions, mixed with a change within the group of the abbey, mark a turning level in its historical past. If the abbot was beforehand elected by the monks, Beaulieu-en-Rouergue goes below the laud regime, the place the abbot is elected by the king. This new mode of operation marks the start of profound modifications within the abbey’s structure, introducing a extra snug lifestyle. Dormitories are transformed into particular person rooms typically embellished, removed from the unique sober type.

The French Revolution will mark the tip of the monastic interval in Beaulieu-en-Rouergue. The abbey was bought as a nationwide property of the municipality and after his dying it was bequeathed to the city corridor of Saint-Antonin. In 1842, Viollet-le-Duc plans to maneuver the convent church stone by stone to this village, the roof and body are dismantled, however the challenge is stopped as a consequence of lack of funds. bought, the abbey turns right into a farm for a timea function which has the benefit of defending it from destruction, however which damages it.

…turned the middle of up to date artwork

The revival of Beaulieu Abbey got here in 1959 when Pierre Brache and Geneviève Bonnefoi, on trip within the area, fall in love with the abbeybut in a state of ruins.

It was love at first sight and heartache on the similar time. The church resembled a shipwreck. However it had such an summary rigor and purity that it might have been the work of a recent architect—an architect of genius, certainly.

Genevieve Bonnefoi

Beaulieu-en-Rouergue Abbey in ruins © DR
Geneviève Bonnefoi and Pierre Brache

Lovers of up to date artwork, the couple plans to show it into a spot to show their assortment. Pierre Brache and Geneviève Bonnefoi purchased the constructing and carried out main restoration work by reselling the piece Brancusi had purchased at a ridiculous worth just a few years earlier, which allowed them to finance the development. Thus within the Seventies, the primary up to date artwork middle within the area opened in Beaulieu.

In 1973, the couple separated, however to make sure the continuity of their challenge, they bequeathed the abbey and a part of their artwork assortment to the Heart des Monuments Nationaux. When Pierre Brache died in 1999, he bequeathed his private assortment to his ex-wife Geneviève Bonnefoi, who, upon her dying in 2018, donated your complete assortment, almost 1,300 works, to the Heart des Monuments Nationaux.

During the last three years, the Heart des Monuments Nationaux has carried out main restoration and growth work to current a part of this wealthy assortment within the abbey. Reopened to the general public final June, the abbey of Beaulieu-en-Rouergue is now exhibited as a middle for up to date artwork in Tarn-et-Garonne.

Dubuffet, Hantaï, Hartung and plenty of others exhibited within the abbey

It’s within the former dormitory that this wealthy and exquisite assortment is exhibited, the place now you can admire the works of Michaux, Hartung, Dubuffet, Zaö Wou-Ki, Hantaï and Vasarely.

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Many native artists are additionally introduced right here, as Geneviève Bonnefoi wished to help painters from the realm.

On the finish of the go to to the museum half, the staircase results in the abbey church and admires the fantastic thing about the monument.

Throughout your go to, remember to stroll by way of the backyard surrounding the abbey to get pleasure from a second of peace.

Helpful info

Beaulieu-en-Rouergue Abbey
A spot referred to as Beaulieu
82330 Ginals

Plan :
From June to September: daily from 10 a.m. to six p.m.
From October to December and from February to Might: daily besides Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:00.
Closed in January

Net web page:

Single worth €6
Free for folks below 25, folks with disabilities and their companions, job seekers and schooling card holders

Article created in collaboration with Tourisme Tarn-et-Garonne

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