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“Amazing !”
Review of Musee Soulages

Musee Soulages
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Ranked #3 of 9 things to do in Rodez
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Reviewed December 8, 2014

What a great idea to build a museum when the artist is still alive ! Especially when he has obviously been an important part of the process for conceiving the perfect place !
Not familiar with his work, I must admit that the museum is the right "tool" to apprenhend his art(s).The space created by the architects is totally appropriate for the scale of Soulages's works and there seems to have no restrictions to one's imagination when huge canvas are enjoying enormous empty space around ! So many pieces and never the feeling of overcrowding ! Not very often is it possible to also enjoy such good lighting, here a clever mix of natural and electricity ! The artist and the architect(s) working hand in hand to create the perfect environment !
And what a superb idea to do so right in the middle of a city with its cathedral and shopping areas yards away !
A couple of things could be improved though : signposting to get to the car park and a English version of the explanations given to the works on the walls (esp when not using the audio guide).
And be really careful when walking to the entrance outside : on a rainy day, it is dangerously slippery !
But what a great experience and a fantastic place to visit !

1  Thank QBPhil
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Reviewed October 23, 2014

The building is designed to house works by Pierre Soulages and nothing else. The result is a predominantly dark to black inside that cries out for light. Whether one like the works is of course down to subjective taste but by only housing the work of one artist there is no relief if it's not for you.

The explanations (all in French) posted in each room were badly positioned when it came to other visitors interrupting line of sight. They also focussed too much on the artists techniques rather than objectives. There is an audio guide available in several languages but that has to be downloaded onto a person phone or tablet with no wifi is provided to help with this.

Perhaps the most interesting room covered the design of the church windows of Saint-Foy in nearby Conquest.

The entry ticket (€7) includes entry to the two other museums in Rodez. We found the small Musee Denys-Puech the perfect tonic to complement the Soulages.

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Reviewed September 15, 2014

I don't know if the French are familiar with the Marmite legend - that you either hate it or that you love it - but I'm afraid that the Musee Soulages is the perfect example for me. And, sorry and all that, I'm firmly in the former camp. If you adore black, and more black, and lines, and squiggles and darkened exhibition spaces, then get down there pronto. You'll find vast canvases and constructs hanging in cavernous rooms, all of which will make someone suffering from deep depression feel right at home. A handful of Japanese-style brass works cheered me up, but, so sorry, I found the whole place a tedious bore. Others may well find it the best thing since a crusty baguette with fresh salad. Soulages' work sells for squillions, and apparently he is France's most admired artist. Heaven help us if that is true. But this is just a personal opinion. That all said, the Café Bras, in the same building, is one of the very best restaurants I have ever had the joy of eating in......perfect food without being pretentious, far from expensive, and well-mannered and knowledgeable service. Musee, pardon, mai nul points. Café, five golden stars and add one more for getting my mind back on keel and my mood on an up again, after enduring those dreadful daubs.

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Reviewed September 8, 2014

wonderful museum but the paintings left me cold. He is the most famous French abstract artist but I couldn't warm to the large black canvasses

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Reviewed September 2, 2014

Wonderful museum dedicated to the French painter Pierre Soulages ; he supervised himself the museum, so one can assume it is faithful to his wishes! Astonishing building in a special, "rusted" steel, and a huge collection of works by Soulages, from one of his earliest paintings to the more recent "beyond black" canvasses. Beautiful. And the city of Rodez is well worth seeing, at least one other great museum (Musée Fenaille), good food, and wonderful area around.

Thank lebewohl
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