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IVRESSE DE L'ENCRE - Lassaâd Metoui

From July 06th, to September 22th, 2024
Trained in calligraphy from a very young age, Lassaâd Metoui takes as much inspiration from Western painting (Matisse, Paul Klee, Soulages…) as he does from Asian art – and Japanese, in particular. Over the years, his work has moved towards a modernity that transcends different cultures. And his innovative talent, which is rooted in a tradition of high aesthetic and moral standards, has made him a major artist in his field.

This exhibition will feature roughly one hundred previously unpublished works on canvas and paper, all of which were created for this show.

In it, Metoui explores new forms and materials. Rounded contours are one of the main themes of the exhibition, which he expresses using certain media (tondi – i.e., circular paintings) or materials (mirrors).

Japan figures prominently in Ivresse de l’encre (“Intoxicated by Ink”). Inspired by the writings of Japanese philosopher Kitarō Nishida, Metoui’s ink compositions on kozo paper display figurative motifs reminiscent of great masters, like Hokusai (1760-1849) and Hiroshige (1797-1858).

This new direction in his work offers an opportunity for Lassaâd Metoui to develop his “plant alphabet” project, which he began in his book Les Sept Méditations sur le parfum, published in 2017.

In his photo project, AAM AASTHA, Charles Fréger continues to research masquerade rituals around the world.
Fréger began a series of trips to India in 2019.He began his research in Southern India, exploring often spectacular incarnations of deities.These mostly Hindu sacred dances and theatrical performances are practiced in temples, theatres, and street festivals.
This exhibition offer a sneak preview of nearly 90 of his unpublished photos.

India, Reflections of Sacred Worlds
Created in collaboration with the Museo delle Civiltà in Rome, this exhibition features nearly 200 original objects from the renowned Italian museum spanning over 1,300 years of Indian art.
This exhibition explores the giant subcontinent’s three native religions, featuring the gracious and powerful dance of stone sculptures representing Indian gods and goddesses, the serene artistic expressions of the Buddha and Jaina Tirthankaras, delicately rendered miniatures and colourful paintings, along with jewelry and folk art depicting the myths and legends of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.


Opening times of the Museum and exhibition :
10 am to 6 pm, except Mondays. July and August : 10 am to 7 pm everyday.

Closed : 1.01, 1.05, 1.11, 25.12.


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The Castle of Nantes

AT THE CASTLE, FALL UNDER THE SPELL OF FIVE CENTURIES OF MEDIEVAL HISTORY…In the heart of the medieval quarter, the Château des ducs de Bretagne welcomes the Nantes Museum of History, whose scenography offers a walking tour punctuated with 1 150 objects as well as interactive multimedia displays that are aesthetic, fun, and educational.Discover the rebirth of the museum with its newly enriched collections pertaining to Nantes’ history (the slave trade, World War I and II…) thanks to local collection drives, and a new extension showcasing the city’s history from 1945 to today.


Courtyard, rampart walk and moat gardens, entrance free

7 days a week: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm

Museum and exhibition

10 am to 6 pm, except Mondays. From 1st July to 31st August : everyday from 10.00 to 19.00.

Last sales from the ticket office half an hour before the closing time


Site closes every year on 1 January, 1 May, 1 November, 25 December