Inaugurated on June 29, MO.CO. (Montpellier Contemporain) is the first new generation art center in Europe offering a global version of the museum institution, from training artists to presenting public or private collections. Back on a daring project.

New center for contemporary art in Montpellier (34), MO.CO. was born under the leadership of mayor Philipe Saurel. Designed as an innovative global artistic ensemble, it is deployed on three sites: ESBA, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Panacé, a center for contemporary art, and MO.CO., a hotel for collections, a space for exhibition dedicated to public or private collections from around the world. Without a permanent collection but intended to exhibit the diversity of the French and international artistic scene, the MO.CO. aims to renew the current cultural offer while ensuring the cultural dynamism of the metropolis around the world.

The Hôtel Montcalm, a private house dating from the beginning of the XIXth century, was rehabilitated by the PCA-STREAM agency of the architect Philippe Chiambaretta, to become the Hotel des collections which now hosts temporary hangings of the institution. Imagined according to a non-formalist logic of architecture, this building is a "building-tool" designed to enhance the diversity of contemporary creation. The MO.CO. includes 1 square meters of exhibition space, 282 square meters of landscaped garden signed Bertrand Lavier and 3 square meters of terraces and alleys. The building spans three large modules lit by a clever device of light blocks and mobile spots. The rooms can thus adapt 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.

An invitation to travel in the history of contemporary art.

Project title : MO.CO. Contemporary Montpellier
City, Country: Montpellier (34)
Owner: Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole represented by SA3M
Mastery of work : PCA-STREAM
Area : 3 200m²
Cost of works: 3,8 M €
Calendar : 2019 delivery

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

To learn more, visit MO.CO website.

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