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AIRES MATEUS – THE PROJECT

From 05 April to 1 June 2014

The CCC is presenting the first parts of their architecture project for the construction of the future olivier debré centre of contemporary creation. This exhibition will display a collection of architectural models, making it the public’s first opportunity to discover the project and to grasp its architectural challenges.

The Aires Mateus practice is based in Lisbon and is made up of Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus. The two are already renowned for a great many achievements winning international prizes, and in 2012 the Portuguese practice was selected to bring to completion the olivier debré centre of contemporary creation , following an international competition organized by Tour(s)plus.

This new institution will open its doors in autumn 2015, providing Tours and surrounding areas with a major venue for contemporary art. This will effectively step up the action undertaken by the CCC since 1985, to show the most up-to-date art, as well as embarking on a new, important mission, to house the work of Olivier Debré, and to disseminate and promote it.

In line with the wishes of the artist who died in 1999, this original institution will not be a museum. Instead it will be a place for living, dynamic, and creative art, so the work of Olivier Debré will be displayed in the context of an active dialogue with today’s artists.
This future establishment is part of the development programme for the city of Tours to redefine and restore the gateway to the city. Thus the future art centre will benefit from an outstanding location right in the heart of the historic centre close to the river Loire. It will be open onto the city, having a surface area of 4500 m2 divided between three exhibition spaces. The great nave with a ceiling height of 13 metres will be able to display the largest installations of our time, constantly on view from the exterior through the large glazed openings. An Abstracts gallery will be dedicated to Olivier Debré, and more widely to the subject of abstraction. In particular we will be able to display the five monumental paintings on the banks of the Loire created for the exhibition devoted to his work by the CCC in 1991. There will also be a contemporary space devoted to current artists based on experimental projects consistent with the current programming of the CCC.