Works of art, playful installations, areas for retreat or areas for conviviality… The seven architectural projects that comprise the 'Inhabiting Fontevraud' exhibition appear where one would least expect them. They offer unusual perspectives on the Royal Abbey’s unmissable highlights, open a space that is usually closed to the public, or reinvent an overlooked element. Referencing Fontevraud’s history, they invite visitors to be more than simple spectators and instead to immerse themselves in this heritage and bring it alive.
Les Établissements Tourneux / The refectory lawn
Opposite the abbey’s Romanesque kitchens, Les Établissements Tourneux install an 8m-high modern timber smokery. Fully functioning, it will also and above all be used as a space for gatherings.
The Fichtre collective/ The gatehouse courtyard
Fontevraud’s prison sentry boxes are transformed into hairdressing salons by the Fichtre collective.
LOOK OUT! A BED*
The Fichtre collective / Abbey church
A capsule-room fits into a space in a pillar in the abbey church, by day a place for reading and by night a bedroom close to the reclining effigies.
THE BEDROOM OF THE PRINCESS AND THE (WEIGHTY) PEA*
The MONsTR association, in partnership with Biosense / The Prioress’ lodgings
The MONsTR association makes reference to the paradoxes of Fontevraud’s history, inserting a black metal weight in a pile of soft, finely embroidered mattresses. A monastic chamber above the St Benoît chapel completes the installation.
*SPEND THE NIGHT IN ONE OF THE ‘INHABITING FONTEVRAUD’ INSTALLATIONS
70€ / 2 people
• Look out! A bed
• The bedroom of the princess and the (weighty) pea
Make a reservation at www.cite-ideale.fr
THE GREAT ESCAPE
The MONsTR association / Prison gallery
Young visitors can drive two pedal cars around a circuit loosely based on the famous escape from Fontevraud prison in 1955.
The Rond-point collective/ Sacristy
A beam of daylight streaming through a stained-glass window panel in Plexiglas®, a ceramic object covered in platinum and a book made of bible-paper, illuminate the sacristy.
Barreau and Charbonnet / Métalobil in partnership with Robert & Marcel / Romanesque kitchens
Inspired by the story of Romulus and Remus, Métalobil present a constructed metaphor for the link between a wine-growing region and its residents.
A PARALLEL SIGNAGE
Hélène Marian draws for inspiration on traces of the prison period to create a signage in painted letters for the ‘Inhabiting Fontevraud’ exhibition.