It is a place that has often hosted cultural events: concerts, festivals, theater, exhibitions… Le Prieuré de Vivoin, in Sarthe is now a center for plastic and contemporary artwhich will host two major exhibitions each year.
Known throughout the department, this rural cultural centre, whose building dates back to the 11th century, had been owned by the departmental council of Sarthe since the 1970s. But two years ago, the department decided to retire and entrust it to a private company. Therefore, it was Lancelot Durand who became the owner, associated with Jérôme Dauchez.
Two contemporary art exhibitions each year
From this Sunday, April 24, visitors will discover in three large vaulted rooms of the Priory, huge photographs. “There were these empty and imposing rooms and they had to be furnished”recalls Lancelot Durand. “We weren’t going to make a museum of decorative arts from the 18th century, it didn’t make sense! With Jérôme Dauchez, my partner and patron of the art center, we thought it would be a great project to exhibit contemporary works.”
Every year, in spring and summer, two exhibitions of contemporary art will take place at the Prieuré de Vivoin. The first “The Fate of Men”, by Gérard Rancinan and Caroline Gaudriault is on view until July 24. We discover fantastic texts and photographs, composed like paintings.
Photographs and texts that complement each other
there are nudes, many references to the Christian religion and the Biblebut this is neither provocation nor irony according to Gérard Rancinan: “I was born into this culture. I have always seen the artists of the 15th century: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci. I look at this past and follow in the footsteps of my predecessors by looking at the world today.
I am not trying to do anything critical of religion. I want to be part of this journey that reaches us from afar and will take us even further. -Gerard Rancinan
Gérard Rancinan is the duo’s photographer and Caroline Gaudriault the author, the calligrapher. His texts are revealed in different supports throughout the exhibition and complement your friend’s pictures. For her : “we each have a different letter. We constantly submit our work to the other. We analyze our society, we look at it.”
The Priory of Vivoin is not only a center for contemporary art! It is also a reception venue for weddings, a classical music festival in july (from July 7 to 10, 2022) and a garden that can be visited and that will eventually supply fruits and vegetables for restaurants.