The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Saint-Étienne Métropole houses one of the largest collections of art from the 20th and 21st centuries in France. The building was designed by the architect Didier Guichard in 1987 and offers a wide and luminous exhibition space covering about 3000m2.
The collection includes works from many different art movements such as Minimal Art, Conceptualism, Pop Art, Arte Povera, Expressionnism, Vienniese Actionism, Neo-expressionism, New Realism and encompasses more than 19,000 artworks by prestigious contemporary artists from all over the world such as Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Morris Louis, Giuseppe Penone, Pierre Soulages, Sean Scully, Dennis Oppenheim, Bertrand Lavier, Orlan, Gilbert and George. The collection also includes masterpieces by masters of modern art such as Victor Brauner, Fernand Léger, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp.
The collection contains about 2,300 photographs which depict the history of photography and is one of the largest single collections of photographs held in France. Moreover, more than 2’000 objects make up one of the rarest industrial design collections in France with works by Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier, Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand.
Because of the incredible number of works of art, a selection of works from the collection is regularly valued around a theme or an artistic movement.