MAC/VAL

MAC/VAL is opened every day of the week, except on mondays:
tuesday to friday, 10 h to 18 h
week-ends and holidays, 12 h to 19 h.

Closed on january 1st, may 1st and december 25th.

phone: 01 43 91 64 20
fax: 01 79 86 16 57

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Place de la Libération
94400 Vitry-sur-Seine

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Institution

Photo (c) Jacques Faujour
Photo (c) Jacques Faujour

About MAC VAL

MAC VAL is the first museum to be entirely dedicated to the French 50’s art scene
The museum project matured and developed for nearly fifteen years following the creation of the Departmental Contemporary Art Fund in 1982. In 1999, the collection was approved by the Museum Artistic Council and the Scientific and Cultural Project was accepted by the Direction des Musées de France.

This project is the fruit of the Val-de-Marne Departmental Council and its President Michel Germa, (1984-2001) and his successor Christian Favier respective and mutual convictions* proclaimed how supporting artistic creation firmly focused on the population, contributes to convivial well-being, understanding others, mutual respect and therefore sound social cohesion. A humanitarian vision of culture revealed in the museum’s various missions. Among the 2000 works of art in its collection, there are well-known artists such as Christian Boltanski, Bruno Perramant, Claude Closky, Gina Pane, Annette Messager, and Pierre Huyghe… but also emerging ones, confirming MAC VAL’s desire to favourably promote cont²emporary creation.

Resonating with the collection displays, the museum proposes three to four temporary exhibits per year. Visitors are invited to delve into themed monographic or grouped presentations by artists inherently part of the museum, where their exhibits contribute to an on-going and in-depth continuation of discovering modern art.
The MAC VAL team has creatively assembled and implemented countless innovative actions, making it possible for visitors to discover French contemporary art since its appearance in the 1950’s up to the most recent artistic treasures.

Exhibiting experienced or upcoming artists, the MAC VAL is financed by over 90% by the Conseil général, and is reputed for encouraging and endorsing vividly living creations.

A Singularly Sophisticated Building and Garden

The Val-de-Marne Conseil Général undertook to create a contemporary art museum to promote artwork using the Contemporary Art Departmental Fund (FDAC) created in 1982.
In 1990, the Val-de-Marne Conseil Général assembly decided to place the future museum at the Carrefour de la Libération, in the heart of Vitry-sur-Seine. 
In 1992, the mastermind architectural firm of Jacques Ripault and Denise Duhart was chosen, presenting attractively well-defined and horizontal lines. A white and transparent building opening out onto urban life and vast green areas. In 1996, La Chaufferie avec cheminée by Jean Dubuffet was erected, if front of the future contemporary art museum. The overall cost of the building project was 30.5 million Euros.

This project was part of the State-Region Plan Contract 2000-2006 and was backed by the Ministry of Culture and Communications/Regional Direction of Ile-de-France Cultural Affairs and Ile-de-France Regional Council, all contributing the same amount of 7.5 million Euros. Construction work started in February 2003 and finished in May, 2005. MAC VAL opened its doors to the public on November 17, 2005.

The Building

Spreading over 20,000m² of land in the heart of Vitry-sur-Seine, the actual building of 13,000m² includes 4,000m² of exhibition area, 2,600m² for permanent exhibits and 1,350m² for temporary exhibits. The storage and technical maintenance area is 1,700m².

In addition to the various art-specific areas there are also the following facilities:

  • an auditorium with 150 seats, used as complementary space for either temporary exhibitions or diverse museum activities,
  •  library of 480 m2, 
  •  educational workshop area of 395 m2 divided into three studios,
  •  two studio-accommodation areas for artists in residence for several months,
  • a bookshop, 
  • a restaurant, 
  •  an outdoor parking area with 45 spaces

The Garden

"Le jardin Michel Germa" 
MAC VAL is surrounded by a manicured minimalistic public garden of over 10,000m² adorned with sculptures from the museum collection. It was landscaped by Gilles Vexlard, a professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage de Versailles.

About MAC VAL

MAC VAL is the first museum to be entirely dedicated to the French 50’s art scene
The museum project matured and developed for nearly fifteen years following the creation of the Departmental Contemporary Art Fund in 1982. In 1999, the collection was approved by the Museum Artistic Council and the Scientific and Cultural Project was accepted by the Direction des Musées de France.

This project is the fruit of the Val-de-Marne Departmental Council and its President Michel Germa, (1984-2001) and his successor Christian Favier respective and mutual convictions* proclaimed how supporting artistic creation firmly focused on the population, contributes to convivial well-being, understanding others, mutual respect and therefore sound social cohesion. A humanitarian vision of culture revealed in the museum’s various missions. Among the 2000 works of art in its collection, there are well-known artists such as Christian Boltanski, Bruno Perramant, Claude Closky, Gina Pane, Annette Messager, and Pierre Huyghe… but also emerging ones, confirming MAC VAL’s desire to favourably promote cont²emporary creation.

Resonating with the collection displays, the museum proposes three to four temporary exhibits per year. Visitors are invited to delve into themed monographic or grouped presentations by artists inherently part of the museum, where their exhibits contribute to an on-going and in-depth continuation of discovering modern art.
The MAC VAL team has creatively assembled and implemented countless innovative actions, making it possible for visitors to discover French contemporary art since its appearance in the 1950’s up to the most recent artistic treasures.

Exhibiting experienced or upcoming artists, the MAC VAL is financed by over 90% by the Conseil général, and is reputed for encouraging and endorsing vividly living creations.

A Singularly Sophisticated Building and Garden

The Val-de-Marne Conseil Général undertook to create a contemporary art museum to promote artwork using the Contemporary Art Departmental Fund (FDAC) created in 1982.
In 1990, the Val-de-Marne Conseil Général assembly decided to place the future museum at the Carrefour de la Libération, in the heart of Vitry-sur-Seine. 
In 1992, the mastermind architectural firm of Jacques Ripault and Denise Duhart was chosen, presenting attractively well-defined and horizontal lines. A white and transparent building opening out onto urban life and vast green areas. In 1996, La Chaufferie avec cheminée by Jean Dubuffet was erected, if front of the future contemporary art museum. The overall cost of the building project was 30.5 million Euros.

This project was part of the State-Region Plan Contract 2000-2006 and was backed by the Ministry of Culture and Communications/Regional Direction of Ile-de-France Cultural Affairs and Ile-de-France Regional Council, all contributing the same amount of 7.5 million Euros. Construction work started in February 2003 and finished in May, 2005. MAC VAL opened its doors to the public on November 17, 2005.

The Building

Spreading over 20,000m² of land in the heart of Vitry-sur-Seine, the actual building of 13,000m² includes 4,000m² of exhibition area, 2,600m² for permanent exhibits and 1,350m² for temporary exhibits. The storage and technical maintenance area is 1,700m².

In addition to the various art-specific areas there are also the following facilities:

  • an auditorium with 150 seats, used as complementary space for either temporary exhibitions or diverse museum activities,
  •  library of 480 m2, 
  •  educational workshop area of 395 m2 divided into three studios,
  •  two studio-accommodation areas for artists in residence for several months,
  • a bookshop, 
  • a restaurant, 
  •  an outdoor parking area with 45 spaces

The Garden

"Le jardin Michel Germa" 
MAC VAL is surrounded by a manicured minimalistic public garden of over 10,000m² adorned with sculptures from the museum collection. It was landscaped by Gilles Vexlard, a professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage de Versailles.

# 2005 - 2015, Ten Years

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2005 – 2015
Ten Years

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Photo © J. Faujour / MAC VAL

 

2005 - 2015, Ten Years

PDF - 1021.9 kb
2005 – 2015
Ten Years





Photo © J. Faujour / MAC VAL