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The Alsatian Road to Contemporary Art

24 mai 2016

"The Cultural policy, a French invention"

The France of the 80s saw a lot of cultural changes where arts of all types started to be put forward like they never were before. A cultural decree, unchanged since 1957, was modernized in 1982 and states: "The Ministry of Culture's mission is to allow all French people to develop their ability to invent  and create, to express freely their talents and to receive the artistic schooling of their choice. " Historically based in Paris, most of the French culture began its decentralization by giving more means to the Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs (DRAC ) or regional funds of contemporary art (FRAC). Far from all these decrees, it is literally translated into events such as the Music Day – basically a national holiday in France - Film Festivals, the National Heritage Days ... but also free admissions for many buildings and national treasures. As the scent of Culture was still floating in the air, Strasbourg wisely opened in 1987 the European Centre of arts and contemporary shares (ECCAS).

Democratize the contemporary art and making it intelligible for all

Under the leadership of the Alsace region, of  the Bas-Rhin General Council  and of the city of Strasbourg, the European Centre for Contemporary Art Projects  (CEAAC) has set itself the fundamental task of working on the democratization of contemporary art, both in creation and diffusion. For the public, educational activities of all kinds are planned.

CEAAC

The CEAAC and its mediators welcome school groups and propose to the public workshop visits allowing the understanding of Art in our daily lives. For the artists, it implies numerous exhibitions at the Art Centre since 1995. The exhibition “Tu ne dis jamais rien” from the Alsatian artist Gretel Weyer opens on this very topic, from June 18 to July 17. The CEAAC firmly supports the emergence and development of local talents by offering, in addition to exhibitions, numerous contests, prizes, scholarships and other events. Finally, how can we forget the art project of featuring artworks throughout the region of Alsace, contributing to a better visibility of contemporary art?

On the Road to Contemporary Art

The European Centre for Contemporary Art Projects has installed more than thirty monumental works of contemporary art on the Alsatian territory. From cities to villages through roads, forests and countryside, each of these artworks perfectly fits their geographic, sociological and artistic context while representing the theme of Art and Nature. Soberly named Road of contemporary art, this route allows the public to discover current sculptures and artworks.

(En haut de gauche à droite : Il guarda e ascolta dans le Parc de Pourtalès, A fleur d'eau à Schiltigheim. En bas de gauche à droite : L'Homme-Girafe à Strasbourg, Là à l'entrée de Drusenheim)

The Sculpture Park of Pourtales in Strasbourg, the Oak Monument in the forest of Haguenau  or the Belvedere Hohwald are inevitable stops of this journey. Road of contemporary art is of course free and allows young and old, curious and aficionados to approach contemporary art with no limit or restriction. In this mission of generalizing contemporary art, which is by the way the essence of Carré d’artistes, it is possible to add one more step at the gallery of Strasbourg.

Artist of gesture and movement

Because Alsace glows - through the actions of CEAAC among other thing - in the French and international contemporary art area, this region provides lots of talents among whom Eric Munsch. Born and raised in Alsace, this painter carries us away with sublime seascapes. The artist ofthe week of Carré d’artistes values the gesture and the movement in his painting, taking us to his world of warm and cold tones.  Eric Munsch uses them in a very specific way to represent the seascape as a whole. The spectator is immerged in the artist’s imagination and can identify a port town, sails and boats.

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