Kerstin Brätsch for DAS INSTITUT, Broadway Brätsch/ Corporate Abstraction Series, 2010. A series of oil and mixed-media on paper and wood, 182 × 230 cm each. Photo: Aurélien Mole
The Parc Saint Léger, Centre d’art Contemporain, is a contemporary art center, as defined by the French Ministry of Culture, located in the countryside just two hours away from Paris. It moved into a nineteeth-century spa complex in Pougues-les-Eaux in 1998, after a renovation of the buildings. The center’s public exhibition hall is unusual, as it is a former factory for bottling mineral water. It offers a space of 460 square meters on two floors and a library dedicated to contemporary art.
Our main missions are to develop a wide and challenging exhibitions program, support artists by organizing residencies, fund the production of artworks as well as publications, and present contemporary creativity across the local region through an off-site program. It is also vital that we work nationally and internationally, together with other cultural and artistic institutions; in recent years, we have created a dynamic network of collaborations.
Finally, our exhibition programs are being strengthened through a department dedicated to the public, which plans visits and activities for children and adults in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of today’s art.