Soulages Museum opening in Rodez on May 31
Few artists witness the opening of a museum in their honor during their lifetime, but Pierre Soulages, the most internationally renowned French painter alive today, will have the privilege.
A new museum dedicated to the work of the painter, sculptor and engraver is scheduled to open in Rodez, on May 31, 2014. Designed by three Spanish architects, Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta of the RCR agency, the museum will house Pierre and Colette Soulages's donations to the city of Rodez, the artist's birthplace in the south of France.
Over 500 works and documents will be on display, including studies for the artist's stained glass windows in Conques, paintings from his youth, works in walnut ink and the complete catalog of his prints.
Starting in 1979, Soulages began working almost exclusively in black or, as he calls it, "outrenoir" ("beyond black"), exploring the way light reflects off of black surfaces. The museum's first exhibit, from May 31 to October 5, 2014, will focus on these "Outrenoir" works.
The artist is currently the highest-valued living French artist on the contemporary art circuit. In 2009, a retrospective of his work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris attracted over 500,000 visitors.