Villeneuve-sur-Lot: an exceptional evening for the European Night of Museums

20 years of European Museum Night should be celebrated. The event promises the exceptional, simultaneous and most often free opening of European museums during an evening in order to encourage new audiences, particularly families, young people and the most disadvantaged, to go to museums. In Villeneuve-sur-Lot, this Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight, we promise to put some “magic” in the eyes of visitors who will make this exceptional trip to the Gajac museum. For the museum teams, the stakes are high. With this festive night, they “invite people to come to the museum, but not just to look at works hanging on the wall”, they confirm. Thus, we celebrate culture in many forms during this night and, without judgment, we “opens the building to those who might not dare come to the base”, adds Dominique Monnoyeur, director of cultural affairs for the City.

A concert that mixes with the exhibition

So, in addition to free access to the museum’s collections and temporary exhibition, two very specific events are scheduled. Mark a cross on your calendar for 9 p.m. this Saturday, to attend a unique concert which will echo the Gustavo Ten Hoever – Piranèse exhibition, currently at the Gajac museum. It was the composer Laurent Levesque who was responsible for composing a musical piece, drawing inspiration from the various works seen during the said exhibition. A show which will be performed by cellist Aurélienne Brauner, super soloist at the National Orchestra of France which tours all over the world with large orchestras, but also performs alone with compositions written especially for her.

A performance projected from the square

And you definitely shouldn’t go home after this performance, because at 10 p.m., the facade of the archives building will light up in a surprising way. Indeed, a mapping, or an audio-visual performance, will be offered on the square in front of the museum. In a luminous and poetic fresco the 760 years of the bastide, created in 1264 by Alphonse de Poitiers, will be recounted. At the head of this project, Gauthier Roumagne, a digital artist from Villeneuve who completed this visual work ten years ago. “At that time, we were already showing it at the Gajac museum,” he remembers. It’s a tedious job that took me three months in total, relying on archives and historical texts to tell this story.”. And to add a poetic dimension to his work, the artist teamed up with Julie Linquette, playwright and director. It is currently time for final adjustments, but for sure, Saturday, it will be a great moment of Villeneuve stories to be discovered on the facade of the museum.



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