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Domaine de Kerguéhennec -
Domaine de Kerguéhennec



Centre d'art contemporain
56500 Bignan

Entry into the Area is provided by a long driveway, lined a stretch of water. The visitor discovers a vast wooded park of over 170 ha. In the absence of a marked trail, facing himself, he understands only the premises. That's when the park reveals his secret: not less than 20 sculptures created by leading contemporary artists. Created in 1986 at the initiative of the Drac (Ministry of Culture, Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs) and FRAC (Regional Contemporary Art Fund) Brittany, the Domaine de Kerguéhennec park is now one of the largest sculpture parks in Europe. This is while walking among the old trees, rhododendrons in bloom, lost trails, buried under the luxuriant vegetation, the visitor will cross the works forming part of the natural setting: The Route 1 and floating 2 Marta Pan, The seven columns of Mallarme Stephen Hajdu, The Phoenix Bird of Carel Visser ... However, some of these creations are not immediately visible, forcing the viewer to be attentive to the surrounding landscape. It is at this moment he may have to find a circle in Britain by Richard Long. This stone circle in red shale of Saint Just merges with the natural landscape of the park. Approaching the castle, it will probably be surprised at what the permanent wave left by the jets of Malachi Farrel in the basin of the castle (Bubbles (air-survival), 1993). The art center reopened in 2003 the settlement policy of work, dormant for several years.Historical monument, the castle consists of a central block flanked either side by the outhouses. The remnant of the oldest estate is the mansion of Kersuzan built in the 16th century which is now the guest house for artists in residence. It is the only witness to the occupation for more than two centuries of the powerful family Kermeno who made the seat of Viscount Bignan before putting it on sale in 1703. The castle and its outbuildings (old barn and stables) including buildings, mostly 18th century, home since 1986, temporary exhibitions, are at the center of the estate. Into the fold, coffee park allows visitors to view the publications of the art center, appreciate the service of light meals or enjoy a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, before continuing his visit .In addition to its role as a center for contemporary art, the Domaine de Kerguéhennec also hosts the Regional Workshop of restoration, specializing in the conservation of polychrome wood sculptures, a wealth of Breton religious heritage, and an antenna Chamber of Agriculture of Morbihan, some plots are dedicated to agricultural experimentation.