The Museum of Modern Art was created thanks to a donation to the French State in 1976 by the art enthusiasts Pierre and Denise Lévy, industrialists from Troyes.
The former episcopalian palace that houses the Museum is a beautiful architectural complex from the 16th and 17th c., which stood as early as the 12th c. Its restoration in 1982, using techniques that brought back its original aspect, revealed interesting vestiges, such as a 12th c. Roman bay with polychrome capitals (landing of the first floor).
Closed on 1st Mai, 1st & 11th November, 25th December & 1st January.
The Museum’s collection brings together great artistic moments in France from the end of the 19th c. up to the 1960s. Works by Daumier, Courbet, Seurat, Gauguin, Vuillard and Bonnard serve as an introduction to modern art.
The Fauves (Braque, Derain, Vlaminck and Friesz) are given pride of place, as are the works of the School of Paris (Soutine and Modigliani) and less well-known artists from the interwar years, such as Dufresne, Mare, de La Patellière and Dunoyer de Segonzac. Other essential names of the modern period are found in this exceptional collection : Rouault, Dufy, Delaunay, Gris, Metzinger, Marquet, Matisse, de Staël and Balthus. The Museum is known for having the largest public collection of the works of Derain, de La Fresnaye and Marinot.
Sculpture is also well represented by Degas, Maillol, Czaky, Zadkine, Gonzalez, Despiau and Derain, without overlooking Picasso and his famous Le Fou from 1905. Also of note is the Art Déco glasswork by Maurice Marinot, one of the greatest French glass workers of the 20th c., who was born in Troyes and was a friend of the donors. This first-class art collection sheds light on the relationship between modern art and African and Oceanian arts.
In the town centre
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Access for disabled
• Rampe d'accès et ascenseur.
• Free for people under 18 and students under 25 (with supporting evidence). Free the first Sunday of the month (except during the temporary exhibitions).