In a beautiful old house in the Saint-Bruno district, discover the studio fund and the personal collection bequeathed by Lucien Mainssieux (1885-1958), painter, musician, critic and art collector, to his hometown.
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the collection's legacy, the permanent exhibition at the Mainssieux museum has been redeployed. The course offers a refined presentation of works where, from room to room, you will discover his collection, his training, his passions and his travels.
For this event, the visual identity of the Museum was redefined with the participation of the Voironnaise artist Stéphanie Miguet. From the reception hall, his cut-out silhouettes, inspired by patterns on paper in vogue in the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, evoke an “Album of memories” by Lucien Mainssieux created from personal photos and preserved archives.
This permanent exhibition was not conceived as an end in itself, but as a starting point. A slow rotation of the works will regularly make it possible to renew the view of a collection and a multi-faceted artist, thanks to the works in reserve or on loan from other museums.
Find the audio tracks of the audio guides for download.
Room 1: Mainssieux collector
“An artist aspiring to universal expression must be a collector”. L. Mainssieux
He began to buy old works or those of friends at a very young age. Over the years, his collection grew and his tastes asserted themselves. His passion for the masters of the XNUMXth century is expressed with Corot, Courbet, Ravier, Carrand… He will also forge deep friendships with his contemporaries whom he collects: Flandrin, Dunoyer de Segonzac, Lewitska, Marchand, Marval….
Room 2: a voironnais in Paris
Lucien Mainssieux trained with the painters François-Joseph Girot and Jules Flandrin, themselves former students of Gustave Moreau. His early works display a certain innocence, the touch is realistic and academic. Convinced of his student's potential, Jules Flandrin encouraged him to go to Paris. Lucien Mainssieux evolves in the middle of artists like: Picasso, Matisse, Derain, Marquet... This artistic effervescence considerably influences his painting and gives rise to solid friendships.
Room 3: a life between painting and music
Very early on, Lucien Mainssieux immersed himself in the world of music through his pianist mother. He will play the violin and the viola under the baton of great conductors such as Stravinsky or Weingartner. From 1919, he was also a music critic for the newspaper "Le crapouillot - arts, letters and shows". Lucien Mainssieux will paint his musician friends, like "the violinist Lilien" and the instruments will take a privileged place in his paintings.
Room 4: Mainssieux and the Mediterranean
In 1910, Lucien Mainssieux began his “Grand Tour” of Italy, he was then 25 years old. He stayed mainly in Rome completing his training in contact with a prestigious past. His notebooks, sketches and other drawings that bear witness to his movements, show a great freedom and flexibility of style. Under the light of Italy, very different from that of Dauphiné, he developed a painting made of simplifications and modulated tones.
In 1920, the visit to Renoir's studio in Cagnes upset the artist. Bathed in the light of the Mediterranean, he found the technique of his first studies in the time of his master Girot. He abandons the thick and massive paste and then plays on the transparency and the clarity of the key.
A year later, he left for North Africa. The discovery of another culture and arid landscapes flooded with light influenced him considerably. The use of warmer colors, the particular work of atmospheres and a more wavering and wavy touch make up the more classic works of this period.
Accessibility to the museum: in accordance with the Disability Act of February 1, 2005, the museum has been reorganized to provide suitable reception and services. In addition to the elevator and the magnetic loop, touch boards are installed along the route of the permanent exhibition and audio guides with audio description are offered.
Adapted mediation on request: adapted routes and speeches allow all people with disabilities to discover the museum's collections. By reservation, accompanied by a mediator, you can take advantage of the workshop visit with a dedicated tool.
Tips and Suggestions : Temporary exhibitions, creative holidays for children, routes for school groups ...
- Groups welcome
- Average duration of the individual visit: 60 min
- Average duration of the group visit: 30 min
- Groups welcome up to 30 people.
- Groups welcome
Individual visit services
- Unguided individual tours permanently
Group visits services
- Unguided group visits on request
- Guided group tours on request
Closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25.
Full price: €5 (Combined ticket for the 2 museums - MALP and Mainssieux museum)
Reduced price: €2 (children aged 10 to 18, recipients of social minima, students, disabled people, job seekers).
Free for less than 10 years.
Free admission for everyone on the 1st Sunday of the month.
For rates for adult and young groups (guided tours) contact us.
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- Children's entertainment
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- Wheelchair accessible with assistance
- Reserved space 330 cm wide <20 m from the site
- Smooth rolling and barrier-free ground
- Doors> = 77 cm wide
- Lift (80 x 130 cm) and door> = 77 cm
- Reception desk between 70 and 80 cm high
- Height without table> = 70 cm width> = 77 cm
- WC + grab bar + circulation space
- Magnetic buckle available at reception
- Presence of pictograms and / or simplified visuals
- Relief map, tactile model or audio description device available at reception
- Reception staff made aware of the reception of people with disabilities
From Grenoble, A48 direction Lyon, Voiron exit.
Near the "Place Général Leclerc" stop or the bus station for the Pays Voironnais transport lines and the TransIsère lines, and the SNCF train station.
The museum is located in a pedestrian street behind the Saint-Bruno church.