"Midsummer night's dream" in the Loire Valley

From April 01, 2012 to November 04, 2012
  • Claude Lévêque, La Nuit, 1984

    Claude Lévêque, La Nuit, 1984

    © Stéphane Bellanger

  • Jean-Luc Verna, Nuit Etoilée, 1993

    Jean-Luc Verna, Nuit Etoilée, 1993

    © François Fernandez

"Midsummer night's dream" in the Loire Valley 37000 Tours fr

A contemporary art and heritage trail at the heart of the Loire Valley

From early April to early November 2012, thirteen sites in the Loire Valley will play host to around one hundred artworks from the collections of the Frac Centre, the Frac des Pays de la Loire and the Frac Poitou-Charentes, as well as new offerings, in an ambitious trail combining contemporary art and heritage.

The trail, entitled Songe d’une nuit d’été (Midsummer Night’s Dream), explores artists’ fascination with the world of dreams. This theme, the stuff of mythological history (Morpheus is a case in point) and fairytales (such as Sleeping Beauty or Snow White), also inspired Renaissance artists who depicted indolent beauty in the form of sleeping Venuses.

Exhibition locations

Frac des Pays de la Loire in Carquefou ; Château d’Angers ; Abbaye de Fontevraud ; Musée d’Art et d’Histoire and Galerie Contemporaine in Chinon ; Centre d’Art La Chapelle Jeanne d’Arc in Thouras, Musée Henri Barré and École d’arts plastiques in Thouars ; Château d’Oiron ; Frac Poitou-Charentes in Linazay ; Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire ; Château de Chambord ; Frac Centre in Orléans.

Things to see

Point of interest