Museum of Contemporary Art, culture in all its forms

Museum of Contemporary Art, culture in all its forms

Opened in 1984 in the former 'Palais de la Foire de Lyon' (Fairground Palace), in 1995 the macLYON moved to a new building designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (known as the macLYON) was designed not to exhibit permanent collections but to individually stage each temporary exhibition. This is why the space is so unusual. Here, the walls move, changing place according to the needs and desires of artists. With 3,000 sqm available to them, you can imagine the creative freedom this offers those artists. This is precisely how Cai Guo Qiang managed to form a Swiss mountain here and Mathieu Briand installed a saltwater pool. At each show, it's a new museum that reinvents itself and pushes the limits of creation. Every two years, the museum also hosts Lyon's Biennale of Contemporary Art.

Even if these spectacles are not necessarily your cup of tea, the museum is still worth a visit, if only for its location opposite the Tête d'Or park and its view of the city.

Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
81 Quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 Lyon

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