Created in the former Bishop’s Palace (16th-17th centuries), the Museum of Modern Art brings together a remarkable collection of almost 2000 works, given to the State for the benefit of the City of Troyes in 1976 by Pierre and Denise Lévy, rich industrialists from the Troyes hosiery trade. The remarkably restored buildings of the former bishop’s palace have become the setting for this collection that is unique in France. In room after room, masterpieces reflect the great moments of French painting for almost a century, from Courbet (1850) to De Staël (1950) with an emphasis on the fauvist and expressionist movements. A few evocative names: Vlaminck, Derain, Matisse, Dufy, Modigliani, Rouault, Van Dongen, Delacroix, Daumier, Maillol, Picasso, Cézanne, Seurat... The collection left by the Troyes industrialist and his wife was built up through encounters and shared passion. But above all, it reflects the deep friendship between Pierre Lévy and the artist André Derain. The wealth of the Derain bequest makes it possible to follow the whole of the artist's career: over 80 pictures, 52 drawings and 77 sculptures cover the various periods of the artist’s work, from pre-fauvism to classicism. The Fauvist works in the Lévy collection constitute a group of paintings that are truly unique in the world with George Braque’s “Paysage de l'Estaque”, Maurice de Vlaminck’s “Paysage à Chatou” and above all, André Derain’s famous “Big Ben”.
From 1 April until 31 October: open from 10am to 13pm and from 02pm to 06pm Tuesday through Sunday. 1 Nov to 31 March: open from 10am to 13am and from 02pm to 05pm Tuesday through Sunday.
|Free for people under 18 and students under 25 (with supporting evidence). Free the first Sunday of the month (except during the temporary exhibitions).|
|Tuesday||10:00 - 13:00||14:00 - 17:00|
|Wednesday||10:00 - 13:00||14:00 - 17:00|
|Thursday||10:00 - 13:00||14:00 - 17:00|
|Friday||10:00 - 13:00||14:00 - 17:00|
|Saturday||10:00 - 13:00||14:00 - 17:00|
|Sunday||10:00 - 13:00||14:00 - 17:00|