THE ROYAL ABBEY / HOME TO ART AND CULTURE
From the very beginning, art and culture have constituted an essential component in life at Fontevraud. Even the reclining effigy of Eleanor of Aquitaine shows her with an open book in her hand. The Royal Abbey, a listed historical monument, is a unique cultural site. Monastic architecture, the life of nuns and then of prisoners, the history of France and of Europe, this site with its nine centuries of history is a rich mine of cultural information.
CONTEMPORARY ART/ VISUAL ARTS AND RESIDENCIES
The Royal Abbey is also – indeed particularly so – a centre of contemporary art and culture. Contemporary art holds an important place, visible in our permanent collection of works of art. The visual arts are also represented in the temporary exhibition space. Art is not only exhibited at Fontevraud, but also created. Artist residencies are numerous, particularly in the field of animated film, which has become a house speciality.
THE CULTURAL PROGRAMME / DARING AND DYNAMIC
At the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud we boast a daring and dynamic cultural programme, with something for everyone. Religious and classical music mixes with jazz, song, folk, slam … Film screenings, debates and conferences are also held. In brief, this abbey is not like others, culture is not confined to the chapel.