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Exhibition “Acrobats”

From April 7th to October 29th of 2018, Châlons-en-Champagne hosts the exhibition Acrobats which for its quality and originality, has obtained the label of National Interest Exhibition awarded by the Ministry of Culture.



The exhibition “Acrobats” is produced by the municipal museums of Châlons-en-Champagne in partnership with the National Circus Arts Center (CNAC) and in co-curation with Pascal Jacob, circus historian, artistic director of the Phoenix circuses and the world circus festival of tomorrow.

exposition-acrobates-chalonsThrough the collections of municipal museums and the incredible Jacob-William private collection, the theme of the acrobat comes in all its forms. The exhibition “Acrobats” highlights a selection of works of different natures, eras and origins, all of which showcase the acrobatic gesture. From the Etruscan sculptures of the 5th century BC to the works of Picasso, Matisse and Derain, the theme of the acrobat is an inexhaustible source of inspiration.

This exhibition also shows prestigious loans from private collections as well as major national and international museums, such as the Musée du Quai Branly, the Louvre, the Royal Museums of Art and History of Brussels, etc.



A large number of works are presented at the Museum of Fine Arts and Archeology, but the exhibition also extends to the other two municipal museums!

exposition-acrobates-chalons-statueThe Cloister Museum of Notre-Dame-en-Vaux welcomes the photographs of the Belgian artist Gaëlle Dumont, who honors the monuments erected in memory of the Forains dead for the homeland and the cemeteries of Circassians. Her eye sublimates the sculpted details, the materials, the colors of a monument.

At the Garinet museum, the theme is expanding to focus more generally on the world of circus: models, posters and paintings invest in the white living room of this house of the 16th century.



The entrance to the exhibition is free the first Sunday of the month, during the Museums Night (May 19th, 2018) and the European Heritage Days (15th and 16th September, 2018). The rest of the time, the entrance costs 3.50€ and gives you access to 3 museums.

Opening times :
  • Museum of Fine Arts: Monday to Friday: 2-6pm; saturday and sunday 10am-12pm, 2-6 pm, closed on tuesday
  • Cloister Museum of Notre-Dame-en-Vaux: Every day (except Tuesday): 10am-12pm, 2-6pm
  • Garinet Museum: Open the first Sunday of the month

The museums also invites you throughout the exhibition with a rich program of entertaining activities, for kids and adults !

Find the program in the Events Calendar.

Dossier de Presse Exposition Acrobates (French) from the exhibition “Acrobats”.