Pierre Soulages: top-selling artist at auctions
An extraordinary donation
The Soulages Museum houses a unique donation, consisting of some 500 pieces estimated at nearly € 40 million. The Soulages Museum’s collection is representative of Soulages’s earliest paintings, which are the most sought after.
The permanent collection consists of paintings on canvas, paintings on paper including the famous walnut-stain works, all of his prints (etchings, lithographies, silk-screen prints), sculptures, preparatory cartoons for stained-glass windows in Conques, films, photographs, rare books, and so on.
The permanent exhibition rooms cover nearly 2,000 m2. A 500 m2 room will accommodate modern and contemporary art events. The first temporary exhibition is devoted to Pierre Soulages’s Outrenoir, which has known worldwide success: how to transcend light within black through the use of materials
Unique architecture in Corten steel
A place for living
The Soulages Museum is a real place for living, offering visitors a restaurant area, “Café Bras”, an extensive reference library (rare works and books, documents on the artist, his entourage and his time, catalogues and films), rooms for children where they can make their own artworks and learn more, an eighty-seat auditorium, a hypermedia fresco from the French National Audiovisual Institute, a shop, multimedia visitors’ tools, etc.