Biennale internationale d'art contemporain

Les Rêves du Monde, the international biennale of contemporary art in Melle, designed by the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Poitou-Charentes, is a journey through the centuries in a few steps from one exhibition site to another. For example, you will walk 400 years and 90 metres from the church of Saint Savinien to the Hotel de Ménoc, 500 years and 200 metres to the media library, 900 years and 560 metres to the church of Saint Pierre, 700 years and 200 metres to the Protestant temple!

In these places and outside, in the vicinity of the discovery trail, in an old urban orchard, near a collective vegetable garden, in the Parc de la Garenne, in the kiosk… each contemporary artwork will open up its unique world for so many motionless journeys through space, in time and elsewhere!

With the artists and their works, you will dive into microscopic life, observe the animation of a public square, complete visual puzzles. You will question exoticism and diversity. You will perceive the poetry of transfigured everyday life. You will fly over Mont Blanc, sail on unknown seas or between mysterious constellations. You will revise your geography and leave the Earth. You will walk on the moon and approach the sun without burning your wings. You will land on Pluto. Dreamer, idealist, utopian, on Earth, you will imagine the present worlds and design extraordinary futures. You carry within you all the dreams of the world!

Alexandre Bohn, Director of FRAC Poitou-Charentes, May 2022


The biennale is finally back!

This adventure, preceded by the Été Roman, then Les Romanes, has enriched Mellois cultural life since 2003.

This is the first edition of this mandate, the first post-pandemic, the first in four years.

Elected officials and technicians, almost all of them with renewed mandates, have appropriated a culture, which, although it is not completely natural for them, has become an essential part of the city’s identity over the years. An identity that we must cultivate in the garden that is our municipal territory. Gilles Clément, programmed several times and the creator of our Jardin d'eau-Jardin d'orties, explains that "In a garden, man intervenes, but he does with nature and not against it. Do as much as possible without going against the energies in place."

With this in mind, the municipality, along with the FRAC Poitou-Charentes, has designed a thoughtful event, a stroll through the heart of the city to give life to the dreams of the world, this summer and for many other biennales to come!

Sylvain Griffault

Mayor of Melle

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