Art in Lyon will be covered in full detail for you today and our opening section will discuss the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
If you are after any specific section you can jump straight to it using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Lyon art map with all of the various places we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
Those who are interested can read some of our other posts for cities around Europe.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Lyon
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in Lyon you can head to:
- Musée Des Beaux Arts De Lyon at 20 Place Des Terreaux
- Musée Et Théâtres Romains at 17 Rue Cléberg
- Musée d’art Contemporain at 81 Quai Charles De Gaulle
- Institut D’Art Contemporain at 11 Rue Docteur Dolard
- Jean Couty Museum at 1 Place Henri Barbusse
- Bullukian Fondation Art Centre at 26 Place Bellecour
- Galerie Catherine Mainguy at 130 Montée De La Grande Côte
- Galerie Des Tuiliers at 33 Rue Tuiliers
- Artigone at 13 Rue Juiverie
- Le Bocal Galerie at 83 Rue De Marseille
- Galerie Slika at 25 Rue Auguste Comte
The Musée des Beaux-Arts is open from 10am to 6pm Wednesday through Sunday though on Friday it is actually open at 10:30am and it is housed in a 17th century Benedictine monastery on the Place des Terreaux in the center of the Presqu’île. The old cloister has been transformed into a sculpture park and the encyclopedic collections of the museum provide a panorama of renowned civilizations and artistic schools from Antiquity to the present day in five departments and 70 rooms providing an unparalleled trip through 5,000 years of art and history.
Lugdunum, a Roman museum and theaters atop the Fourvière hill, form an outstanding archaeological complex that has been designated as a Unesco World Heritage site.
Musée d’art Contemporain (macLyon) is open from 11am to 6pm Tuesday through Friday and until 7pm on weekends and isunique in that it not only acquires complete exhibitions to be shown at a later date but it also preserves works that purposefully push the boundaries of their medium and established categories of artistic disciplines in terms of what is new. The macLyon Collection now numbers 1,450 pieces the vast majority of which have been featured in the museum’s collective or monographic exhibitions.
The collection of the Institut D’Art Contemporain in your area contains nearly 1,900 works by over 800 nationally and internationally renowned artists with whom IAC frequently has a close and long-term relationship. Daniel Buren, Dan Graham, Anish Kapoor, On Kawara, Mario Merz, and Gerhard Richter are among the artists represented in the exhibition.
The Jean Couty Museum is open from 11am to 6pm Wednesday through Sunday and is dedicated to the work of local painter Jean Couty (1907-1991) who was a major figure in 20th-century French painting.
The Bullukian Foundation’s art center is located in the heart of the city and is one of the emblems of the foundation’s general interest project in terms of support for contemporary creation and access to art for all audiences. With this goal in mind the art center near you reopened to the public in 2019 following major expansion work expanding from a 90 square meter gallery to a 1,500 square meter plural and modular set.
Having begun in October 2000 Galerie des Tuiliers features established international artists as well as emerging contemporary artists and is open from noon to 6pm Tuesday through Friday and starting at 11am on Saturday as part of a new generation of art professionals who want to make art more accessible to the general public. They’ve also been a 100 percent digital art gallery since 2020 with works that can be viewed and commissioned from anywhere in the world.
On the lower slopes of the red cross the artist Catherine Mainguy’s Atelier-Galerie has been open since 2008.
Artigone is a social gathering spot in Saint-Paul in the heart of Old Lyon as a residency space for a variety of artistic and cultural activities including a painting workshop (Sur Les Toiles), jewelry making (Dalatta), urban track games (Trancitana), and graphic design (Ektagone).
Le Bocal is a one-of-a-kind gallery that is open from 1:30pm to 6pm on Tuesday and Friday and that is devoted to modern illustration and graphic design where ten individuals work on art, comics, and graphics on the courtyard side. The Bocals have been providing an accessible, diverse, free, and open program since 2008.
Slika, Serbian for painting, exhibit artists’ work as it evolves into artistic universes resolutely inspired by graffiti and the spirit of the city. You’ll find a wide range of mediums, techniques, and styles to arouse your curiosity or harden your sensitivity if you visit from 11am to 7pm Tuesday through Saturday.
Materials & Supplies Near You
New materials or supplies can be purchased at art stores in your area like:
- Le Géant Des Beaux Arts at 12 Rue Clément Marot
- Dalbe Lyon at 92 Ave De Saxe
- Boesner at 116 Bis Rue Marietton
- Arts 2000 at 9 Rue De La Platière
- Rougier & Plé at 23 Rue Childebert
Le Géant des Beaux-Arts specializes in the distribution of materials to artists including painters, sculptors, engravers, and illustrators. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, a member of the general public or a member of the community, the Giant of Fine Arts has over 65,000 references to select from.
Materials and supplies for fine arts, drawing, graphic art, and creative hobbies can be found at Dalbe.
The Boesner brothers have been serving professional artists for over 20 years providing them with a wide range of fine and graphic art supplies. Boesner is now the European leader in fine arts equipment distribution with over 40 locations.
Arts2000.fr is the online store of Arts 2000 which is an independent firm that has been selling fine art, graphic arts, and frame equipment in France for almost 50 years 1972. They have over 30,000 product references on a total surface area of 1500 m2.
Today the 20 Rougier & Plé and Graphigro stores offer you a selection of more than 20,000 items along with expert advice to help you succeed with your creations.
Shows & Events
Some of our favorite local art shows and events include:
- The Dance Biennial in September
- The Contemporary Art Biennial from September to January
The Lyon Dance Biennial began in 1984 and alternates with the contemporary art biennial and is a contemporary dance festival that takes place every even year. There are over forty shows on the bill including original creations that are being presented to the public for the first time as around 100,000 people attend the event with over 80,000 attending the performance venues.
The Lyon Contemporary Art Biennial was founded in 1991 by art historians Thierry Raspail and Thierry Prat and it alternates with the Dance Biennial we just mentioned. Over 500 artists from across the world including painters, sculptors, photographers, and video artists are included in the festival which attracts over 250,000 people.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
Art dealers and appraisers are where you can encounter new unique works or learn the value of something you already own:
- Le Bois Debout at 34 Rue Saint Jean
- Carré d’artistes Lyon at 57 Passage de l’Argue
- La Galerie By Valérie Eymeric at 33 Rue Auguste Comte
- Galerie Estades at 61 Quai Saint Vincent
- YellowKorner at 69 Passage de l’Argue
There is an antique print gallery in your area called Le Bois Debout that has been selling antique prints in Old Town since 1995 and today they have a selection of over 2,000 prints on their website in addition to a great selection in the gallery.
Carré d’Artistes is an art gallery network with over 30 locations in France and abroad as well as an online gallery.
Located on the peninsula between the Rhône and the Saône La Galerie is nestled in the heart of one of the districts dedicated to culture in a quiet and pleasant street.
The Galerie d’Art Michel Estades has been specializing in art since 1986 and welcomes you to meet the artists that reflect the current figurative style.
YellowKorner was founded in 2006 by two friends Alexandre de Metz and Paul-Antoine Briat who had shared a lifelong passion for photography. This encounter sparked an idea and a goal to make art photography more accessible to everyone while also making YellowKorner the leading art photography publisher.
Galerie des Tuiliers also sells art near you.
On a sunny day try out one of these art walking tours:
- Des Murs Peints Au Street Art at corner of rue Denfert-Rochereau and bd des Canuts
- Art & Culture in Lyon with a Local at 8 Place de Fourvière
With Des Murs Peints Au Street Art you can explore this great city that is known worldwide for its murals. Since 1986 the Cité Création collective has contributed to the creation of over 100 painted walls in Lyon giving the city a unique look.
With Art and Culture in Lyon with a Local you will discover another side of the ancient capital of Gaule. Thousands of art lovers travel to this city each year to participate in one of the city’s many cultural events or simply to enjoy the vibrant community and atmosphere.
Sculptures & Statues
These statues and sculptures near you can also be fun to check out:
- Le Rhône et la Saône at 423 Rue de la République
- Le Patineur de César at Place Tolozan
- Equestrian Statue of Louis XIV at Place Bellecour
- L’homme au Téléphone at 10 Quai Charles de Gaulle
- L’arbre à fleurs at 14 Quai du Dr Gailleton
- Ensemble pour la Paix et la Justice at Place du Général Leclerc
At the Hôtel de Ville the Rhône and Saône rivers seek shelter.
César Baldaccini who was a sculptor created Le Patineur de César in 1989.
On the Place Bellecour a new statue of Louis XIV was unveiled in 1825. The two Coustou brothers statues symbolizing the Rhône and Saône rivers are placed at the foot of Louis XIV’s equestrian statue on Place Bellecour.
In 1992 a winged skater balanced In Tolozan which is a statue known as The Man of Freedom was erected on one leg.
The Korean artist Jeong Hwa Choi’s bouquet Flower Tree with 85 flowers was exhibited at Antonin Poncet during the Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2003.
Xavier de Fraissinette created the monument Together for Peace and Justice in 1996.
Lyon Art Classes
It doesn’t matter if you want private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults the best art schools in Lyon are:
- National School Fine Arts at 8Bis Quai Saint Vincent
- Atelier De L’oasis at 6 Rue Bugeaud
- Bellecour École at 18 Rue François Dauphin
- School Emile Cohl at 1 Rue Félix Rollet
- Froggy Art at 126 Rue Boileau
- Atelier Roi Soleil at 125 Rue Vauban
The École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon (ENSBA) has been on the Subsidies site since 2007 and is a public artistic higher education institution in your area approved by the Ministry of Culture.
Atelier de l’oasis offers recreational drawing and painting classes as well as art school preparation for students.
For a private higher education institution in your area that was founded in 1937 contact The Bellecour École which expanded its scope to include all fields of applied arts and design in the 1970’s including graphics, products, and interior architecture.
The Émile Cohl School gives instruction in drawing vocations in illustration, comics, video games, cartoons, and multimedia.
Initiations, improvement, preparation for art schools, cultural trips, and museum visits are all available through Froggy Art.
Created in 2002 Atelier Roi Soleil provides drawing and painting courses for beginners, adults, and kids.
Studios For Rent Near You
ZZ Studio at 14 Rue de la Grande Allée is a nonprofit art space founded by sculptor Simon Feydieu and painter Frédéric Houvert in 2017 that is located on the outskirts of town far enough away from the city center and local art scene to attract few visitors.
For art framing services in Lyon head to:
- Autour de l’Image at 44 Rue Sala
- L’Éclat de Verre Lyon at 36 Rue des Remparts d’Ainay
- Olivier Encadreur at 40 Rue Pierre Corneill
- Alizés encadrements at 26 Cours Gambetta
- L’Encadreur du Parc at 38 Rue Tête d’Or
- Atelier Coulouvrat Encadrement at 44 Cours Richard Vitton
L’Éclat de Verre is the market leader and France’s first framer with an annual production of over 40,000 frames and 28 locations including 26 in France and two in the Benelux.
Since 1969 Pierre Olivier has worked as a local framer in Lyon and he has a wealth of knowledge gleaned from years of experience as well as a keen eye for detail when it comes to your artwork and paintings.
Since 1998 Alizés encadrements take care of your decorative desires and your framing. They have selected a wide range of frames ranging from classic to contemporary, from wood to aluminum frames, and all for prices that remain within everyone’s reach.
Created in 1991 L’Encadreur du Parc is an art framing and restoration workshop near the Parc de la Tête d´Or.
Atelier Coulouvrat Encadrement is an art framing workshop and an exhibition gallery in your area that helps to preserve a rare craft and a long-forgotten craft technique.
In case you might be interested we have also written posts on:
- Art Supplies & Galleries in Marseille
- Art Supplies & Galleries in Geneva
- Art Supplies & Galleries in Zurich
- Art Supplies & Galleries in Paris
Have Fun Enjoying The Lyon Art Scene
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