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The Franciscans - Deauville


Les Franciscaines opens its doors! The imagination at work and the works of the imagination are found in this unique 6200 m2 space: a separate space-time where the history of Deauville vibrates as much as that of the world.


Taking place in a remarkable building of the Deauville heritage invested since 1878 by the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters, it is a permanent and unique place of culture that opens its doors. At the crossroads of innovations, between museum, theater, and media library, this new equipment will make the cultural life of Deauville resound and will enhance events and festivals so that artists, works and visitors can meet.

The linking of works, cultural practices and spaces, usually distinct, characterizes Les Franciscaines, which puts “the imagination to work”. The architectural project, carried out by the Moatti et Rivière firm, combines the enhancement of an exceptional heritage and its inclusion in a contemporary expression that invites contemplation, reverie and conviviality. The Chapel, adorned with its XNUMXth century stained-glass windows, The Cloître, topped with a spectacular glass roof and its large chandelier, the Creativity Rooms and the Exhibition Court are all spaces that will host shows, conventions and events.

An abundant program, structured around temporary exhibitions, shows, conferences and mediation workshops will punctuate the life of this friendly place in which deauville residents and visitors will be able to settle in reading and documentation spaces structured around themes dear to Deauville horse, cinema, entertainment, photography, lifestyle and youth.

To discover within the Franciscans: a collection of exceptional contemporary photographs and a museum dedicated to the painter André Hambourg (1909-1999), most of whose work has been the subject of a substantial donation by his widow to the City of Deauville; supplemented by pieces collected by the painter or exchanged with other artists: Marie Laurencin, Foujita, Van Dongen, Derain…
Three major temporary exhibitions will reveal to the public each year works from the museum's collections as well as pieces on loan from major national and international museums.