Philippe Chiambaretta : MO.CO.

Inaugurated the 29 last June, the MOCO (Montpellier Contemporary) is the first new generation art center in Europe offering a global version of the museum institution, from the training of artists to the presentation of public or private collections. Back on a bold project.

New center of contemporary art of Montpellier (34), the MOCO was born under the impulse of the mayor Philipe Saurel. Designed as an innovative global artistic ensemble, it is spread over three sites: the ESBA, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Panacea, a contemporary art center for young designers, and MOCO, an international center for contemporary art collections. 'art. Without a permanent collection but intended to expose the diversity of the French and international art scene, MOCO aims to renew the current cultural offer while ensuring the cultural vitality of the city around the world.

The Montcalm Hotel, a private house dating back to the beginning of the 19th century, was rehabilitated by the architect Philippe Chiambaretta's PCA-STREAM agency, to become the Hôtel des Collections, which now houses the temporary clashes of the institution. Designed according to a non-formalistic logic of architecture, this building is a "building-tool" designed to enhance the diversity of contemporary creation. The MOCO includes 1 282 square meters of exhibition space, 3 100 square meters of landscaped garden signed Bertrand Lavier and 974 square meters of terraces and driveways. The building is spread over three large modules lit by a clever device of light blocks and moving spots. The rooms can thus be adapted to all kinds of productions and scenographies.


Powered by the theory of "relational aesthetics" developed by art critic turned general manager Nicolas Bourriaud, MOCO is also a place of life and exchange. It includes for example a restaurant locavore advocating short circuits and relaxing places conducive to meetings and interactions between visitors. Newcomer in the Montpellier artistic landscape, the third entity of this long-term project is a true cultural ecosystem.

Until next 29 September 2019, the inaugural exhibition "Intimate Distance" offers to discover contemporary history since the 1990 years through a selection of works from the collection of the Japanese entrepreneur Yasuharu Ishikawa. Pierre Huyghe, On Kawara, Tino Sehgal, Felix Gonzalez Torres, or Danh Vo, are the great figures of art that punctuate the hanging. The police station, provided by Yoko Hasegawa, professor, curator and tokyote artistic director, establishes significant links between each creation. Disappearance, ecology, globalization, personal and collective history, memory, time. As many universal themes convened throughout the exhibition. Neither chronological nor geographical, the journey is more like a didactic journey. The relevance of the scenography leads viewers to fully enjoy the creations chosen.

An invitation to travel in the history of contemporary art.

Photographs / Illustrations: Jean-Philippe Mesguen and Salem Mostefaoui for PCA-STREAM

To learn more, visit the MOCO website

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