Nîmes notes

a picture diary from a Roman town in the south of France

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At the corner of Carré d’Art

cornerofcarredartThe open corner behind the Carré d’Art modern art museum and library has become a popular spot for the young Nîmois. The large windows work as mirrors, and you can see youngsters dancing in the hip hop style and doing all sorts of performances.



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The future Roman museum of Nîmes, an exhibition

At the entrance hall of Carré d’Art you can get a glimpse of the future Musée de la Romanite of Nîmes. Present are the suggestions of three laureats, of which the one in the photo won the competition. Is this then the best one? Well, it’s you to judge. The exhibition is held until October 1st. Or, or for more, see the video the ladies are watching, here.

(Personally, though an outsider, I welcome the museum with open arms, Nîmes definitely deserves a good Roman museum. But of the three candidates, to be honest, none pleased my eye. They may look nice on computer, in an ideal light and with imagination. But in real life in a real city? Hmm… Well, I hope it’ll turn out better than how it looked like now.)


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André Castel, exhib on bullfight and letters

The Carré d’Art houses the city’s main library, which also has an exhibition space. It’s in the basement and therefore a little hidden, but at least at the moment definitely worth to take a look. The current exhib is about André Castel, an aficionado (that is, a bullfight buff) and a man of letters, whose collection of letters, pictures, posters and books on corrida are on display. Included are also a few pictures by Picasso and a gravure by Francisco Goya.

André Castel – revistero nîmois, until September 16 2012.

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La Maison Carrée seen from Carré d’Art

La Maison Carrée (“The Square House”) is one of the Nîmes’ top 3 sights, a well preserved Roman temple. Having later served as a church, horse stable and art museum, it nowadays holds a film theatre showing only one film: Héros de Nîmes, a 3D movie retelling the history of Nîmes. It’s actually quite fascinating!

The building from where I’ve taken the photo, is about 2000 years younger. Carré d’Art was built in 1993, and it houses a contemporary art museum, a museum shop, a library, a café and some exhibition spaces. Designed by Norman Foster, Carré d’Art is said to have resemblances to its famous neighbour. Well, both have poles…