Saint Etienne. An “Art Bubble” installed at the Loire Private Hospital

Saint Etienne. An “Art Bubble” installed at the Loire Private Hospital
Saint Etienne. An “Art Bubble” installed at the Loire Private Hospital

Patients may not have yet paid attention to it when walking down the outpatient admissions corridor, but it is there, installed, in the heart of the Atrium of the Loire Private Hospital.

It’s been a few weeks since the establishment brought into its walls the Bulle d’art of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Saint-Étienne Métropole. A raw wooden module with organic shapes designed in 2017 by Saint-Etienne designers from Inclusit Design and which has since been redesigned.

A module like a shelter in which to take refuge with, inside, a projection space, and around its edges, a selection of reproductions of works to see and touch. An original approach to art imagined by the teams at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Saint-Étienne Métropole in partnership with the Saint-Étienne University Hospital.

A laboratory of meaning

As soon as the head has passed through the module, the patient-visitor lets himself be carried away by this projection of two short films devoted to the major works housed in the museum. If he enjoys touring the structure, a whole series of reproductions of pieces from the collection are offered to his gaze to take him far from the hospital world.

Here, he is invited to test a game of 7 families where it is a question of aligning works that resemble each other based on descriptions of seven imaginary and slightly eccentric families. Further on, you are asked to touch certain materials used by artists, wood, plastic, metal, further still, inside this time, a small treasure is exhibited with three dioramas which allow you to realize the size of certain paintings from the collection which will hang in the museum in the fall of 2024.

A culture and health agreement signed with the City

This installation within the HPL constitutes the first concrete translation of the culture and health convention signed with the city of Saint-Étienne by the establishment.

An action welcomed by Xavier Claris, the director of the HPL, who suggested that the museum’s cultural mediation teams intervene in the evening within the hospital to interact with users and caregivers. “We are also planning to organize meetings with local schools,” says Xavier Claris, who hopes that “this art bubble will be the result of a long collaboration. »

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